MAASTRICHT. Alexander Sack, professor of Functional Brain Stimulation and Neurocognitive Psychology, has received a Vici grant worth €1.5 million for his research on brain stimulation. Sack focuses on brain-stimulation techniques for treating memory and attention problems after a stroke or depression.
Of the 215 academics who submitted a Vici grant application to the NWO this year, 32 were successful. Women had a slightly higher success rate than men: 17 as compared to 14 percent. The grant money will allow the 32 laureates to build up their own research groups over the coming five years. Leiden landed the most grants, with five for the university and two for the university hospital LUMC. Utrecht researchers were awarded four grants, plus one for the UMCU.
The grants fall under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Vernieuwingsimpuls), a system of NWO grants for academic talent. The scheme encompasses Veni grants for recent PhD graduates, Vidi grants and, for a select few, Vici grants.