Getting on Track with your VENI application

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations  
6, 7, 8, 14, 29 September; 6, 13, 27 October 2017; 24 November; 4, 8 December Wageningen campus Janneke van Seters 12 Apply

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 2018 that will be carried out at Wageningen University.

Registration deadline: 13 August 2017

General Information

Target Group: Researchers interested in applying for an NWO VENI grant in 2017
Group size: Max. 15  participants
Course duration: Total of 9 days. See programme below for the scheduled course dates
Language: English
Credit points: -
Self-study hours: 10
Name lecturer: Various
Venue: Wageningen Campus


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

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

8 September 9:00-17:00
Effective presentations

14 and 29 September between 9:30-14:30
Writing Groups

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

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

27 October 9:00-14:30
Writing groups

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

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

8 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) max 750,-
2) Full fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs as well as staff of Wageningen University max €1000,-
3) Extended fee: All other participants max €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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