Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Annemiek ter Heijne and Chiel van Heerwaarden (WUR) receive Vidi grants

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will award €800,000 each to Annemiek ter Heijne and Chiel van Heerwaarden (WUR). They will be able to use this money over the next five years to develop innovative research lines and to establish the accompanying research group.

The Vidi incentive programme is aimed at experienced researchers who have conducted research for several years after obtaining their PhD. The Veni, Vidi and Vici grants together form the NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. Within the scheme, researchers are free to submit their own project for funding.

What will they research?

Annemiek ter Heijne (Environmental Technology) will use the €800,000 to research how biological transitions can be made more efficient. Biological transitions form the basis of many processes, such as wastewater treatment and recovery of nutrients from waste streams. With a team, she will measure exactly how electrons move through bacteria. These insights will allow her to develop new, more efficient technologies based on biological transitions.

Chiel van Heerwaarden (Meteorology and Air Quality) will begin research on cloud shadows. These are responsible for significant local fluctuations in light quantity. In locations where solar energy is harvested, this can lead to significant variation in the power supply. The objective of this project is to study cloud shadows using innovative measurements and cloud simulations in order to better predict these fluctuations in sunlight.

Selection of researchers by NWO

NWO selects researchers based on their qualities, the innovative nature of their research, the expected academic impact of their research proposal, and the opportunities for the application of knowledge. In this round of Vidi grant applications, 443 researchers submitted an eligible research project for funding. At the moment, 85 have been granted. This amounts to a 19% conversion rate.

More information about Vidi can be found on the NWO website.


Tuesday 4 June 2019