Since its inauguration in 2010, AISSR researchers have been regular recipients of prestigious awards and prizes, both nationally and internationally.
Awarded grants include the NWO Spinoza Prize, European Research Council Starting, Advanced and Consolidator Grants and the NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. Find an overview of the grants' recipients and their projects below.
The NWO Spinoza Prize is the most prestigious academic distinction in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awards the prize to Dutch researchers who rank among the world‘s most eminent scholars and scientists. The prestigious prize is awarded to scholars and scientists for their outstanding, ground-breaking and inspiring research. They are awarded €2.5 million each, which they may spend on the research of their choice.
Prof. Annemarie Mol (1958) is professor of Anthropology of the Body at AISSR (department of anthropology). In her research she uniquely combines philosophy, medical sociology, anthropology, sociology of science and social theory. From an anthropologist's perspective, she studies how we deal with our bodies and in so doing changes deep-rooted paradigms. How do we cope with illness? How do we think and talk about illness? What is eating actually about? Her approach to such questions influences and inspires researchers throughout the world.
The European Research Council (ERC) stimulates high-quality research in Europe by making funds available and supporting ground-breaking research. The ERC mainly honours applications for research that bridges the boundaries of various disciplines, explores ideas in new, emerging research areas or seeks solutions using an unconventional and innovative approach.
The ERC distributes grants and scholarships on the basis of an open contest for projects undertaken by new as well as experienced researchers, regardless of their nationality or age. Only one single criterion applies and that is: research excellence.
A number of AISSR researchers have been awarded ERC Starting, Advanced and Consolidated Grants in recent years, which are worth up to €1.5 million, €2 million and €2.5 million respectively.
The NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme is directed at researchers in various stages of their careers and includes three forms of grants:
The Veni grant offers researchers who have recently gained their PhDs the opportunity to further develop their ideas for a period of three years. The grant is for a maximum of 250,000 euro.
The Vidi grant is targeted at researchers who have already gained several years of research experience at a postdoc level and whilst doing so have demonstrated that they can generate innovative ideas which they can independently and successfully develop. They may develop an innovative line of research and appoint one or more researchers for this purpose. The grant is for a maximum of 800,000 euro.
The Vici grant is targeted at the senior researcher who has successfully demonstrated the ability to develop his or her own innovative line of research and the ability to act as a mentor for young researchers. Vici laureates may build up their own research group, often in anticipation of receiving a tenured professorship. The line of research shall be structurally embedded within the research institute. Experienced researchers may submit a preproposal at least 8 years and no more than 15 years after they have obtained their doctorates. The grant is for a maximum of 1,500,000 euro.
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