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Vidi 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 Vidi grant is for researches who have conducted research for a number of years after obtaining their doctorate.

An overview of awarded grants


Radboud Universiteit (6)

  • The power of lifelong experience: how knowledge drives information processing in the aging brain
    Linda Geerligs, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
  • Commutativity in the world of symmetry
    Magdalena Kedziorek, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP)
  • Bioturbators drive greenhouse gas emissions from shallow inland waters
    Sarian Kosten, Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR)
  • Commander Politics: Cooperation and Competition in Civil War
    Romain Malejacq, Centrum voor Internationaal Conflict Analyse and Management (CICAM)
  • Future-proof cryptographic randomness
    Bart Mennink, Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (ICIS)
  • Making brain waves with ultrasound
    Lennart Verhagen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Radboudumc (5)

  • The impact of stress on Parkinson's disease
    Rick Helmich, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour en Radboudumc
  • Engraved in memory
    Marloes Henckens, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour en Radboudumc
  • Alpha-emitters: a new treatment option for therapy-resistant tumor cells
    Sandra Heskamp, Radboudumc
  • AI-built bridges for prostate cancer patients
    Geert Litjens, Radboudumc
  • How the dictionary in our brain works
    Vitória Piai, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour en Radboudumc


Radboud University (6)

  • Spacetime at the tiniest of scales
    Timothy Budd, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics
  • Tracking electron-induced damage in biomolecules
    Daniel Horke, Institute for Molecules and Materials
  • From theory to application
    Cynthia Kop, Institute for Computing and Information Sciences
  • Stopping protein aggregation in liquid droplets
    Evan Spruijt,Institute for Molecules and Materials
  • Tipping Points in Treatment Trajectories
    Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Behavioural Science Institute
  • Islamic religiosity: friend or foe of democracy and emancipation?
    Niels Spierings, Radboud Social Cultural Research

Radboud university medical center (3)

  • Predicting Lung Cancer Immunotherapy Response. It’s personal.
    Francesco Ciompi, Computational Pathology
  • The way I see it: bridging the gap between visual function and functional vision
    Koen Haak, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
  • Physical exercise to boost benefit from chemotherapy?
    Laurien Buffart, Fysiology

> Read more : Vidi grant for 9 Radboud researchers


Radboud University (7)

  • Chemical reactions to make complex sugars
    Thomas Boltje, Institute for Molecules and Materials
  • Spinning logic at the speed of light
    Rostislav Mikhaylovskiy, Institute for Molecules and Materials
  • From wastewater to rocket fuel
    Laura van Niftrik, Institute for Water and Wetland Research
  • Hidden Talents in Harsh Environments
    Willem Frankenhuis, Behavioural Science Institute
  • Making a martyr in medieval Spain
    Kati Ihnat, Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Democratic innovations & populism: For better or worse?
    Kristof Jacobs, Institute for Management Research
  • Bones of Contention: Technologies of Identification and Politics of Reconciliation in Vietnam
    Tâm Ngô, Research Institute for Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studie

Radboud university medical center (4)

  • The malaria parasite’s fight against our immune system
    Matthijs Jore, Medical Microbiology
  • How Intelligent is the Immune System?
    Johannes Textor, Tumor Immunology
  • Breast CT to improve clinical care for women with (suspected) breast cancer
    Ritse Mann, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  • Restoring the immune system to prevent cancer from spreading
    Daniele Tauriello, Cell Biology

> Read more : Vidi grant for 11 Radboud researchers


14 researchers from Nijmegen – 8 from Radboud University, 5 from Radboud university medical center and 1 from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics – are each to receive up to 800,000 euros to develop an innovative research theme and to build up their own research group. Information about the scientists and their research is given below.

Radboud University (8)

  • Combining words during speaking and listening
    Andrea Martin, Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
  • How the brain processes complex sounds
    Bernhard Englitz, Donders Centre for Neuroscience
  • Sleep on it!
    Lisa Genzel, Donders Centre for Neuroscience
  • How to read the genome
    Simon van Heeringen, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
  • Novel players in the nitrogen cycle
    Sebastian Lücker, Institute for Water and Wetland Research
  • Brain rhythms: the building blocks of the brain
    Saskia Haegens, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
  • Living on the Other Side: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Migration and Family Law in Morocco
    Nadia Sonneveld, Research Centre for State and Law
  • Next-generation cryptography
    Peter Schwabe, Institute for Computing and Information Sciences

Radboud university medical center (5)

  • A microchip-based toolbox to treat osteoporosis
    Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz, Radboud university medical center
  • Paradoxical Sleep
    Martin Dresler, Radboud university medical center, Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Tackling the disordered brain in rare genetic syndromes
    Tjitske Kleefstra, Radboud university medical center, Genetics
  • Treatment of high blood pressure to prevent dementia.
    Edo Richard, Radboud university medical center, Neurology
  • Why do healthy people die of the flu?
    Frank van de Veerdonk, Radboud university medical center, Internal Medicine

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (1)

  • Elementary particles of conversation
    Mark Dingemanse, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Read more : Vidi grant for 14 researchers

Vidi grants 2017

Hanneke den Ouden, Donders Institute
Getting things done: finding the balance between deciding fast, and deciding well
Vidi Hanneke den Ouden 175"Don't rush decisions!" Good advice, but too much deliberation can lead to missed opportunities. Hanneke den Ouden will investigate how our brains help us switch between impulsive and thoughtful decision-making strategies. Furthermore, she will research how getting stuck in one particular strategy may be related to negative consequences such as addiction and burn-out.

Sita Vermeulen Radboudumc – Health Evidence
Matching therapy and bladder cancer patient
Vidi Sita Vermeulen 175
A good therapy choice in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer requires a test that can predict who will and who will not respond to immunotherapy. The researchers measure changes in the genes of the patient and the bladder tumor to facilitate the development of such a test.

Vivian Weerdesteyn, Radboudumc – Kinesiology / Rehabilitation medicine
Roads to Recovery
Vidi Vivian Weerdesteyn 175It is yet unknown how various pathways in the brain interact in recovering balance and gait abilities after stroke. The researchers aim to provide insight into this matter. In addition, they will study whether a new training program may enhance balance and gait control, and thereby functioning in daily life.

Christian Gilissen, Radboudumc – Human Genetics
Integrating Metabolomics and Genomics for understanding human Disease

Vidi Christian_Gilissen 175The identification of disease-causing errors in the DNA is difficult and provides us with limited insights into the workings of the disease. Through bioinformatics methods and data integration of metabolite and DNA data Gilissen will improve the identification of genetic causes of disease and find novel leads for therapies.

Vidi grants 2016

Researchers at Radboud University

Wilco Verberk, Institute for Water and Wetland Research
Does lack of oxygen explain the effects of warming up on cold-blooded animals?
Verberk is studying the effects of temperature on metabolism, growth and reproduction of cold-blooded animals and is focusing here on the role of oxygen availability for arthropods and fishes. Insight into the occurrence of lack of oxygen can explain global patterns in biodiversity, and provides insight into the effects of climate change.
He was in the news earlier this year because he established that warm water speeds up the need for oxygen to such an extent that the animals suffer fatal respiratory distress.

Daniela Wilson, Institute for Molecules and Materials 
Launching NanoMotors for disease detection and treatment
Synthetic molecular machines are self-propelling structures that require extensive work. But why not let the “motor” build itself? Using simple building blocks Wilson will program them to “assemble” into nanomotors while tailoring their structure, shape, and movement for disease detection, delivery of medicines and stimuli manipulation.
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Ross Kang Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics
On the edge: theory and techniques at the frontiers of edge-colouring
A natural problem in a wireless communication network is to apportion all links among few transmission frequencies so no communication interference occurs. This translates into a mathematical problem called edge-colouring. Kang will study variations and strengthenings, and establish asymptotic, extremal structure using probabilistic methods.

Samaya Nissanke, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics
Black Hole Births: measuring extreme astrophysics in the dynamic Universe
Black holes and gravitational radiation are the most fascinating predictions of Einstein’s theory of relativity. For the first time, Samaya Nissanke wants to follow the birth of black holes live by detecting waves in space-time or gravitational radiation and combining these with measurements of the corresponding spectacular light flashes.
Within the framework of the Radboud Excellence Initiative, Samaya Nissanke will spend two years at Radboud University. She was recently one of the recipients of the special breakthrough prize for research into the detection of gravitational waves.

Roos Pijpers, Institute for Management Research
Care and diversity in local communities
Since January 2015 the care of the elderly has been centralised in the Netherlands. Roos Pijpers will study how local municipalities, social district teams and local communities provide care for older migrants and elderly LGBT2. It provides insight into local combinations of formal and informal care in which diversity among older people is recognised and acknowledged.
Researchers at Radboud university medical center
Understanding heterogeneity in neurodevelopmental disorders using normative models based on brain imaging biomarkers

Sharon Unsworth, Centre for Language Studies
One child’s head, two languages
Young children can easily learn two languages at the same time, but to what extent do they keep their two languages separate? Sharon Unsworth studies how and why two languages in one child’s head can influence one another.
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Researchers at Radboud University medical center

André Marquand, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Psychiatric disorders, such as ADHD and autism, are characterised by heterogeneity. The aim of this research programme is to develop a method to understand this heterogeneity better. This will result in more knowledge about the occurrence of disorders which will help the development of treatment strategies aimed at the requirements of individual patients.

Michiel Schreuder, Paediatric nephrology
Why1 kidney at birth is not enough...
Being born with 1 kidney gives problems such as high blood pressure and even kidney failure as an adult. This one kidney works harder to compensate for the missing one, which results in wear. Researchers will use studies with test animals to determine why this kidney does this. It will then be possible to tackle the problem of it working too hard in order to prevent problems later.
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Vidi grants 2015

Researchers Radboud University

Mirjam Broersma, Centre for Language Studies
Mistakes happen! 
Anyone learning a second language hears all sorts of ‘strange’ new sounds. The likelihood of making a mistake is substantial, but how do you learn from your mistakes if you don’t notice them yourself? Mirjam Broersma will look for the best way of making someone aware of their own mistakes.

Marcel van Gerven, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Reading representations in the brain
Marcel van Gerven is going to apply artificial intelligence techniques to reading internal representations on the basis of measured brain activity. To illustrate this approach, he will make reconstructions of perceived and imagined stimuli using MRI measurements. This research will form the basis of new applications in the neurosciences.

Alexander Khajetoorians, Institute for Molecules and Materials
Can quantum information be represented by individual atoms?
Alexander Khajetoorians  would like to use this project to investigate whether it is possible to combine superconductors and individual atomic magnets. In this way he hopes to obtain quantum information and make calculations, with individual atoms as building blocks.

Floris de Lange, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Believing is seeing: the influence of expectations on perception
We often say that ‘Seeing is believing’, but in fact it is the other way round: our expectations largely determine what we see. Floris de Lange is going to investigate how expectations change the brain processes involved in perception, and what the consequences are.

Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Orchestrating activity in the brain
Our brains consist of a network of areas linked with each other, each area having a particular function. Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen would like to know how communication between various areas of the brain influences this functionality.

Maarten Solleveld, Institute for Astrophysics and Particle Physics
Cross-pollination between numbers and symmetry
In this project, mathematician Maarten Solleveld is going to investigate the links between two things that appear to be totally different; on the one hand, number theory, with its fractions, roots and their generalisations, and on the other hand, symmetry, such as the rotation of a sphere. This will allow a better understanding of both.

Roel Willems, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Why do we like stories? 
If we read a story, we sympathise with the main character and see in our imagination what we are reading about. People differ enormously in which stories they prefer. Roel Willems is studying how our ability to imagine things influences the way we value stories and how this differs from one person to another.

Annemieke Petrignani, Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (UvA) and FELIX laser facility (Radboud University)
Forms and formats of extra-terrestrial organic molecules
Hydrocarbons are everywhere. The extra-terrestrial sorts play an important role in the formation of stars and planets and any living things. At the FELIX laser facility in Nijmegen, Annemieke Petrignani will be measuring the infrared characteristics of hydrocarbons in order to be able to determine their forms and formats in outer space.
Annemieke Petrignani will be doing her Vidi research both at the University of Amsterdam and at the FELIX laser facility, Radboud University.

Researchers Radboudumc

Geert van den Bogaart, Department of Tumor Immunology
Activation of the immune system
Certain white blood cells activate T cells in the immune system by exposing them to bits of pathogenic material. Van den Bogaart would like to clarify how pathogens are presented efficiently and in such a way that the immune system is optimally activated. Such insights should make it possible to develop new treatments for illnesses such as cancer.

Teun Bousema, Department of Medical Microbiology
The malaria parasite’s strategy for spreading itself
Malaria is spread by mosquitoes that become infected with the parasite when they bite people suffering from malaria. Bousema is trying to discover when people first become infectious and which strategies the malaria parasite uses to maximise the likelihood of spreading itself. Hopefully this will lead to new opportunities for eradicating malaria.

Bart Smeets, Department of Pathology
Possibilities for recovering from progressive kidney damage
Progressive kidney damage is a frequently occurring problem in patients with a chronic kidney disease. Bart Smeets will be using his grant to investigate the importance of the signal protein SDF-1 in preventing and repairing damage to cells in the kidney filters, the renal tubules and the tiny capillaries in the kidneys. SDF-1 plays an important role in building new capillaries and in repairing tissue. His ultimate goal is to develop a treatment which will repair kidney damage.

Vidi grants 2014 (in Dutch)

Lejla Batina,  Institute for Computing and Information Sciences
De geheimen van chipkaarten afluisteren en beschermen
Chipkaarten worden gebruikt als bankpasjes, SIM-kaarten, ov-kaarten, identiteitskaarten en ook in paspoorten.  Lejla Batina onderzoekt de beveiliging van zulke kaarten tegen de meest bedreigende vorm van aanvallen, zogenaamde side-channnel attacks, waarbij nauwkeurige analyse van bijvoorbeeld het stroomverbruik geheime sleutels verraadt.

Jelle Goeman, Radboudumc – Biostatistiek, afdeling Health Evidence
Onzekerheid in ranglijsten zichtbaar maken
Een ranglijst heeft altijd een winnaar en een verliezer, maar als de werkelijke verschillen klein zijn speelt het toeval hierbij vaak een grote rol. De onderzoekers ontwerpen methoden om aan te geven hoe zeker we zijn over een gevonden rangorde.

Taco Kooij, Radboudumc - parasitologie, afdeling Medische Microbiologie
Over Malaria, Mitochondriën, Modellen & Medicijnen
De malariaparasiet bezit slechts één mitochondrium voor zijn energiehuishouding. Taco Kooij wil deze huishouding ophelderen en een compleet model van het malariamitochondrium bouwen. Die kennis moet aangrijpingspunten voor nieuwe medicijnen opleveren. Medicijnen, die bijvoorbeeld de energiecentrale platleggen van deze moordenaar op wereldformaat.

Emmanuel Kuntsche,  Behavioural Science Institute

‘Mamma, bier is niet voor jou, dat is voor pappa's!’
Nederlandse jongeren drinken hun eerste glas alcohol vaak al op jonge leeftijd. Dit onderzoek richt zich op de rol van blootstelling aan het drinkgedrag van ouders in de ontwikkeling van kennis over alcohol in de kindertijd (4-8 jaar) en verwachtingen van alcohol en motieven om te drinken in de vroege adolescentie (9-13 jaar).

Sander Leeuwenburgh, Radboudumc – Biomaterialen, afdeling Tandheelkunde
Taai biokeramiek herstelt botten
Calciumfosfaat cement wordt veelvuldig toegepast als kunstmatig materiaal voor botvervanging. Helaas is calciumfosfaat cement bros en daardoor niet geschikt voor zware belasting. Leeuwenburgh gaat een nieuwe klasse van taai calciumfosfaat keramiek ontwikkelen dat wel aangebracht kan worden in lastdragend bot.

Rogier Mars, Donders Instituut voor Brein, Cognitie en Gedrag
Wat maakt de mens zo sociaal?
Mensen zijn een unieke sociale soorten. Ons leven wordt gedomineerd door interacties met anderen, het denken over anderen, en praten met anderen over anderen. Hoe zijn we geworden zo sociaal geworden? Rogier Mars gaat onderzoeken hoe mensen sociale informatie verwerken en welke hersengebieden daarvoor verantwoordelijk zijn.

Vidi grants 2013 (in Dutch)

Christian Beckmann, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour /Universiteit Twente
Op het spoor van de vingerafdruk van het brein
In het brein communiceren verschillende gebieden met elkaar om taken uit te voeren. Beckmann zal methoden ontwikkelen om deze communicatie af te leiden uit hersenmetingen en de samenwerking te beschrijven en te relateren aan het gedrag van een persoon.

Christian Doeller, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Een geheugenlandkaart in het brein
Herinneringen vormen de kern van onze persoonlijkheid. Echter, de organisatie van geheugen in de hersenen is grotendeels onbekend. In dit project test Doeller - met behulp van technieken om het brein te ‘lezen' - de hypothese dat herinneringen niet geïsoleerd, maar in netwerken georganiseerd zijn.

Leonie Kamminga, Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences
UMC St Radboud, Moleculaire Biologie
Hoe behouden cellen hun identiteit?
In een meercellig organisme hebben alle cellen een eigen functie en identiteit. Dit is noodzakelijk is voor het juist functioneren van het organisme. Leonie Kamminga onderzoekt hoe de identiteit van cellen wordt behouden.

Dirk Lefeber, Radboudumc, Neurologie
Unieke suikers in de spier
In onze spieren zit een unieke suikerlaag, die cruciaal is voor een normale spierfunctie. Als deze versuikering niet goed gaat, leidt dit bij patiënten tot een ernstige spierdystrofie. Dirk Lefeber gaat de moleculaire routes ontrafelen voor inbouw van suikers in de spier.

Kristin Lemhöfer, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior
Tweede taal leren in het wild
Een vreemde taal leer je voor een groot deel niet in de klas, maar ‘in het wild'. Kristin Lemhöfer gaat na wanneer dit natuurlijke taalleren wel en niet optreedt en wat de onderliggende neurocognitieve mechanismes zijn.

Hendrik Marks, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
De kern van embryonale stamcellen
Embryonale stamcellen kunnen zich ontwikkelen tot gespecialiseerde celtypes, maar ze kunnen ook blijven delen zonder te specialiseren. Marks gaat de celkern van muizenstamcellen integraal in kaart brengen om deze unieke eigenschappen te begrijpen.

Klaas Mulder, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
Samen werkende genen
Uiterlijke kenmerken zoals onze lengte, maar ook onze gevoeligheid voor ziekten worden bepaald door samenwerkende erfelijke factoren (genen). Mulder gaat bestuderen welke genen samenwerken tijdens het maandelijks vernieuwen van de opperhuid en wat er hierin mis gaat bij het ontstaan van ziekten.