Bart Pollux (EZO) has been awarded a Vidi grant for his research on evolutionary causes and consequences of the genesis of the fish placenta. NWO has awarded 87 experienced researchers with a Vidi grant of up to 800,000 euros.
With this money we can develop our own innovative line of research and set up a research setting ourselves. Vidi is together with Veni and Vici, part of the Innovation impulse of NWO. Bart wants to investigate with this grant why the placenta originated and what its implications are for the development of sexual characteristics and reproductive behaviour. Researchers study this in natural populations of livebearing-fish.
Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who already have several years of successful research after their promotion. These researchers are among the best ten to twenty percent of their field. A Vidi grant will allow researchers to do 5 years of research. Within Vidi, researchers are free to submit their own topic for funding. In this way NWO encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects Vidi winners based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative nature of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and possibilities for knowledge utilization. The Vidi grants are awarded annually by NWO.
In the Vidi round of 2014 a total of 509 researchers submitted a research project for funding. Of these, 87 are now honoured and six of these proposals were submitted by Wageningen University.