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1.5 million

Maastricht University has obtained two Vici grants. One is for research on arteriosclerosis by Prof. Christian Weber (Carim), the other for historical ‘listening’ research by Prof. Karin Bijsterveld (CMW).

This is the first time that the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has managed to get a Vici subsidy. It is the most important grant - with a maximum of 1.5 million euros - within the so-called Innovational Research Incentives Scheme by research financier Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), directed at senior researchers.

Karin Bijsterveld (48) intends to identify the role of ‘listening’ in the pre-eminently visual world of science, technology and medicine since the 1920s. What new insights has listening produced? The other Vici grant was awarded to German researcher Christian Weber (42), a part-time professor at the cardiovascular institute Carim. Weber wants to discover how arteriosclerosis can be prevented.

Maastricht University has received nine Vici grants since 2002, the year in which the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme was launched. Four of those went to the Faculty of Psychology, three went to the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, and one each to the School of Business and Economics and to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Maurice Timmermans



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