Getting on Track with your Veni application

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
September-December Wageningen campus Nicole Rodenburg 17 / 20 Registration ended at 31/08/2023

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 planning to apply for an NWO Veni grant in 2023 that will be carried out at Wageningen University.

Registration deadline: 31 August 2023

General Information

Target Group: Researchers planning to apply for the next NWO Veni grant 
Group size: Max. 20 participants
Course duration:

Total of ~14 sessions scheduled in about 3 months time (September-December)

Next to the scheduled days, count at ½ day per week to write your proposal.

Language: English
Credit points: -
Self-study hours: minimum ½ day per week (spent writing your own proposal)
Name lecturer: Various
Venue: Wageningen campus


Day 1 - Monday 11 September

  • Introduction
  • Defining learning goals and writing groups
  • Q&A Veni criteria
  • Examining successful grant proposals
  • Experiences of Veni laureates


Day 2 - Wednesday 13 September

  • Modelling the proposal
  • Efficient writing strategies


Day 3 - Wednesday 20 September/ Friday 22 September

  • (~2 hrs per group between 9:00 and 15:00)
  • Writing Groups


Day 4  - Wednesday 4 October/ Friday 6 October

  • (~2 hrs per group between 9:00 and 15:00)
  • Writing Groups


Day 5 - Monday 9 October

  • Selecting your top publications
  • Your online identity
  • Data management and open access
  • Preparing your CV


Day 6 -  Monday 23 October

  • Graphics workshop
  • Knowledge utilasation


Day 7- Wednesday 1 November/ Friday 3 November

  • (~2 hrs per group between 9:00 and 15:00)
  • Writing Groups


Individual feedback session- 20-24 November

  • 30-min 1-to-1 individual feedback session
  • Feedback on proposal


Day 8 - Monday 27 November

  • Effective Readable Writing (general feedback session)


Evaluation - 6 December

  • Where do you stand?
  • Evaluation



1) Reduced fee: Post-docs and staff of Wageningen University €750,-
2) Extended fee: All other participants €1500,-

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


For more information please contact Nicole Rodenburg (