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Career development of the NWO Talent Programme laureates

data publication
16 August 2021
Academic careers
The NWO Talent Programme (formerly 'Vernieuwingsimpuls') aims to ensure the inflow of scientific talent in the scientific community. The graph below shows the career development of the laureates of the NWO Talent Programme.

In short

  • It appears that many of the laureates move on to a higher scientific position after receiving their grant..
  • Among the laureates, the share of postdocs in particular is decreasing sharply.
  • The NWO Talent Programme has a positive effect on the scientific career of researchers in the form of a permanent position, an improvement in function, conducting groundbreaking research and bringing in new subsidies.

Analysis
The NWO Talent Programme aims to ensure the inflow of scientific talent in the scientific community. NWO assesses and honors researchers research proposals. In particular, the Veni grant is aimed at postdoctoral researchers who aspire to a career in science. NWO data show career development for awarded researchers, not only from the Veni and Vidi grants, but also those of Vici grants. It appears that many of the laureates move on to an academic position after several years.  Among the laureates, the share of postdocs in particular is decreasing sharply.

An evaluation in 2007 among the applicants of the program showed that it has a positive effect on the scientific career of researchers in the form of a permanent position, an improvement in function, conducting groundbreaking research and bringing in new subsidies. This led in 2008 to an increase in the budget for this program.