Radboud University

Veni grants

The Veni, Vidi and Vici grants together form the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, a subsidised programme for talented, creative researchers who conduct innovative research. The Veni grant is for researchers who have just obtained their doctorate.

An overview of the awarded grants:


  • S.C.H. André, Radboud University 
    Fathers combining work and care
  • dr. E.J. van Elsas, Radboud University 
    From common ground to battleground? Public perceptions of bias in impartial institutions
  • dr. I.L. Lammertink, Radboud University 
    When language is not a given
  • N.M. Stel, Radboud University 
    The power of inaction and ambivalence in transnational refugee governance: EU-actors and the contested return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon and Turkey
  • J. van den Tol, Radboud University 
    Making the Dutch economic “Golden Age”


  • Unravelling and quantifying the impacts of viruses on greenhouse gas emissions from soils
    P. Dalcin Martins, Radboud University
  • Cutting edge roots
    M. Dop, Radboud University
  • Back in fear: Neuronal footprint of fear relapse in the brain
    K. Gulmez-Karaca, Radboudumc
  • Dynamic changes in proteins during embryonic development
    S. Stelloo (V), Radboud University
  • Slow SPEED: Slowing Parkinson’s disease Early through Exercise Dosage
    Dr. Sirwan Darweesh, Radboudumc
  • ACCELERATE: ZebrAfish CanCer modEl Leading thE way towaRds treAtmenT dEvelopment for phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas.
    Dr. M.A. Dona, Radboudumc
  • Still puzzling: The genetic complexity of psychiatric conditions
    Dr. M. Klein, Radboudumc
  • Respiratory mucosal immunity: gateway to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood respiratory infections
    Dr. Lilly Verhagen, Radboudumc


  • Jessie van Buggenum, Institute for Molecules and Materials
    Cell signalling in a dynamic environment
  • Kiki van der Heijden, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
    Sound is all around, but where is it coming from?
  • Alessia Platania, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics
    Quantum gravity signatures in the early universe
  • Mandy Velthuis, Institute for Wetland and Water Research
    CO2-storage in lakes
  • Jeroen Dera, Institute for Culture & History
    Uses of Literature in the Classroom: Legitimizing Literature in Upper-Secondary Education
  • Wim Pouw, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
    Social Resonance: How biomechanical constraints solve multimodal challenges in human
  • Patricia Schor, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
    Figures of Race in Dutch Modernity: Blacks, Jews and Muslims
  • Lieke Stoffelsma, Centre for Language Studies
    English reading comprehension of primary school children in Ghana, South Africa and Hong Kong
  • Pascal Miesen, Institute for Molecular Life Science
    RNA helicases - novel factors for virus transmission by mosquitoes
  • Isabella Wagner, Radboudumc
    The brain’s social grid
  • Janita Bralten, Radboudumc
    Time for a boost: metabolic potentiation of vaccines
  • Jorge Domínguez Andrés, Radboudumc
    Tijd voor een boost: metabole versterking van vaccins
  • Elin Svensson, Radboudumc
    Accelerating tuberculosis drug development
  • Else Eising, Max Planck Instituut voor Psycholinguïstiek
    Finding the genes that make you stutter

Read more > 14 Veni grants for Radboud researchers


  • Dr R.J.W. Arts, MD PhD, Radboudumc - Internal medicine 
    The role of new anti-inflammatory modulators in immunity
  • Dr Chiara Beneduce, Center for the History of Philosophy and Science
    The sense of touch: from anomaly to paradigm
  • Dr M.H.J. van den Bosch, Radboudumc - Experimental Rheumatology 
    Inhibiting chronic inflammation at its foundation
  • Dr Annegret Burtscher, Mathematics
    Rough curvature in the universe
  • Dr Pietro Delcorno, Historical Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS)
    Preaching as mass-communication in Late Medieval Europe
  • Dr Antonio Duarte Pereira Junior, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics: Spacetime under the microscope
  • Dr Myrthe Faber, Radboudumc - Department of Cognitive Neuroscience 
    Drawn in or zoned out? Tracking the wandering mind during reading
  • Dr Frans Folkvord, Communication Science
    Vlogging for a healthier food intake
  • Dr Surya Gayet, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
    Finding objects in natural scenes
  • Dr Iris Groen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
    Vision for action: neural representation of real-world scene affordances in the human brain
  • Dr. J. Jansen, Radboud university medical center, Pathology and Pediatric Nephrology: Unraveling mechanisms for repair in failing kidneys
  • Dr Fleur Jongepier, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
    Do algorithms know better? First-person authority in the age of big data
  • Dr Hanna Koch, Radboud University -Department of Microbiology
    No microbe is an island – interaction networks of nitrogen cycling microorganisms
  • Dr Maurits Meijers, Political Science
    ‘Credible’ or ‘capricious’? The reputational cost of party policy change
  • Dr Jill Naaijen, Radboud university medical center
    Autism, an imbalance in the brain?
  • Dr Annie Yang, Radboud University - Medical Parasitology
    The secret lives of parasites in the liver during a malaria infection

Read more > 16 Veni grants for Radboud researchers


  • Francesca Arici, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP): Quantum spheres in mathematics
  • Roseriet Beijers, Behavioural Science Institute (BSI)
    Back to work after maternity leave: Consequences for infant development?
  • Frans Bianchi, Radboud university medical center, department Tumor Immunologyhttps://www.ru.nl/english/people/nonnekes-j/
    Cell surface proteins: an overlooked source of antigens
  • Nadejda Blagorodnova, Department of Astrophysics:
    Turbulent interactions between binary stars
  • Shari Boodts, Medieval history:
    The reception of Augustine in medieval sermon collections.
  • Richard ten Broek, Radboud university medical center, Surgery:
    A New View of Adhesions.
  • Rob Compaijen, Ethics and moral philosophy:
    Reflective equilibrium and practical wisdom.
  • Matthias Ekman, Psychonomy and cognitive psychology:
    “Can I see that again? ” Rewind and fast-forward in the visual system.
  • Martine Hoogman, Radboud university medical center, Genetics:
    Completing the picture on ADHD.
  • Nikolina Ilic, Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics:
    Are Leptoquarks the Ultimate Answer?
  • Maartje van Kessel, Radboud University, Microbiology:
    Novel nitrogen cycle bacteria for the production of drinking water.
  • Brian Kiraly, Physics
    Single Atom Memory.
  • Floris Meens, European Cultural History:
    Connected through Music. Domestic Music, Emotions and Social Relations in The Netherlands, ca. 1815-1914.
  • Jorik Nonnekes, Radboud university medical center, department of rehabilitation:
    Towards personalized rehabilitation: understanding compensation strategies for gait impairments in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Eelke Spaak, Donders Institute:
    Context, expectation, and conscious experience.
  • Nienke de Vries-Farrouh, Radboud university medical center, Neurology:
    Bringing Parkinson care back home

Read more > 16 Veni grants for Radboud researchers


  • The magnesium journey through the renal cell: how to get out?
    Jeroen de Baaij - Radboudumc
  • Is it me or my disorder?
    Sanneke de Haan – Radboud Universitity, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Living Lyric. Greek song culture in Roman Egypt (c. 30 BCE – 400 CE)
    Mark de Kreij – Radboud University, Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS)
  • Unraveling the mystery of stories: How linguistic viewpoint markers influence Theory of Mind
    Kobie van Krieken – Radboud University, Centre for Language Studies (CLS)
  • Building a digital pathologist for improved treatment of prostate cancer
    Geert Litjens – Radboudumc, Pathology
  • What are you talking about? Understanding reference in speech and gesture
    David Peeters – Radboud University, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI)
  • Language in the brain, from left to right
    Vitória Piai - Radboud University/Radboudumc, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior
  • Automated formal analysis of real-world privacy-friendly systems
    Joeri de Ruiter – Radboud University, Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (ICIS)
  • The role of Megafauna in shaping ecosystems: insights into rewilding
    Luca Santini – Radboud University, Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR)
  • Fairness of earnings and inequalities
    Carsten Sauer – Radboud University, Sociology
  • Space tumblers and waves
    Patricia Schmidt – Radboud University, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP)
  • Good bad reduction
    Arne Smeets – Radboud University, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP)
  • Religion, culture, and ethnicity in court procedures on children from minority families
    Iris Sportel – Radboud Universiteit, Centrum voor Migratierecht
  • Posterior Urethral Valves: Causes and prediction of future kidney function
    Loes van der Zanden – Radboudumc, department for Health Evidence


  • Sensitive cities. Amsterdam, London and Paris (1850-1930)
    Anneleen Arnout, Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, Radboud University
  • Put the brake on Borrelia-induced joint inflammation
    Marije Doppenberg-Oosting, Experimental Internal Medicine, Radboud university medical centre
  • Nature and nurture of the human visual brain
    Koen Haak, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University
  • Should we trust our own eyes? Challenges from cognitive penetration and implicit bias.
    Harmen Ghijsen, Research Institute for Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University
  • Why is Parkinson’s tremor exacerbated during acute psychological stress?
    Rick Helmich, Neurology, Radboud university medical centre
  • Predicting immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy response
    Sandra Heskamp, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Radboud university medical centre
  • Emerging mycobacterial diseases
    Jakko van Ingen, Medical Microbiology, Radboud university medical centre
  • Synthetic materials in life-like motion
    Peter Korevaar, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University
  • It takes two to tango. The preliminary reference dance between the Court of Justice of the European Union and national courts.
    Jasper Krommendijk,  Research Centres of the Faculty of Law, Radboud University
  • Generic Security of Authentication and Encryption
    Bart Mennink,  Institute for Computing and Information Sciences, Radboud University
  • Cultural connections or divides?
    Roza Meuleman, Nijmegen Institute for Social Cultural Research, Radboud University
  • Facilitating self-regulated learning in adaptive educational technologies
    Inge Molenaar, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University
  • Nocturnal hypoglycemia in diabetes: night- and daymare?
    Giesje Nefs, Medical Psychology, Radboud university medical centre
  • Predicting language: it is fast, but is it good?
    Joost Rommers, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University
  • Turning on the alarms: how dendritic cells activate the immune attack
    Natalia Revelo, Tumor Immunology Department, Radboud university medical centre
  • NuRD regulates development
    Nelleke Spruijt, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Radboud University
  • The constitutionalisation of private regulation
    Paul Verbruggen, Research Centres of the Faculty of Law, Radboud University

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (2)

  • Childrearing and language development in two indigenous communities
    Marisa Casillas, Max Planck Institure for Psycholinguistic
  • Where do meaning and structure in languages come from?
    Tessa Verhoef, Max Planck Institure for Psycholinguistics


  • Piray Atsak
  • Tessel Bauduin
  • Erik Bijleveld
  • Ellen van den Bogaard
  • Annemarie Boleij
  • Inti Brazil
  • Shih-Chin Cheng
  • Janna van Diepen
  • Nina Geerdink
  • Jayne Hehir-Kwa
  • Marloes Henckens
  • Maartje Luijten
  • Ioan Marcut
  • Johan Mentink
  • Monique van Scherpenzeel
  • Niels Spierings
  • Evan Spruijt
  • Wouter Verdurmen
  • Connie de Vos
  • Fleur Zeldenrust