Getting on Track with your VENI application

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
5, 6, 7, 14, 28 September; 5, 12, 26 October 2018; 23 November; 7 December Wageningen Campus Janneke van Seters Registration ended at 19/08/2018

Course description

This programme aims to provide talented postdocs and other promising researchers the skills and competences needed to develop a high quality research proposal to submit within the NWO Veni programme.
Course participants are researchers interested in applying for an NWO VENI grant in 2019 that will be carried out at Wageningen University.

Registration deadline: 19 August 2018

General Information

Target Group: Researchers interested in applying for an NWO VENI grant in 2019
Group size: Max. 15  participants
Course duration: Total of 9 days. See programme below for the scheduled course dates. Next to these scheduled days, count at 1/2 day per week to write your proposal.
Language: English
Credit points: -
Self-study hours: 1/2 day per week (spent writing your own proposal)
Name lecturer: Various
Venue: Wageningen Campus


5 September 9:00-17:00
Defining learning goals and writing groups
Experiences of VENI laureates and committee members
VENI criteria
Examining successful grant proposals

6 September 9:00-17:00
Modelling the proposal
Efficient writing strategies

7 September 9:00-17:00
Effective presentations

14 September between 9:30-14:30
Writing Groups

28 September 9:00-17:00
Publishing for impact, including bibliometrics
Experiences of a VENI committee member
Fine-tuning your chain of reasoning by short presentations

5 and 26 October 9:00-14:30
Writing groups

12 October 9:00-17:00
Preparing your CV

23 November 9:00-12:00
Effective Readable Writing (general feedback session)

Beginning of December 9:00-17:00
Presentation and feedback session with scientific experts

7 December 9:00-13:00
Writing groups: exchange experiences of presentation and feedback sessions


1) Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) and post-docs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK) €750,-
2) Full fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs as well as staff of Wageningen University €1000,-
3) Extended fee: All other participants €1500,-

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation policy

You may cancel your registration at no charge until four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the course fee. 

Exemption of payment:
If you can find someone to replace you in the course, you will only be charged a €100 cancellation fee. However, you must provide the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.

For PhDs and post-docs of Wageningen University: when you have a valid reason to cancel (i.e., circumstances beyond your control), you will be charged the reduced fee. In this case, your supervisor must provide the reason for cancellation in writing.


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