Twenty consolidator grants for the Netherlands, one for UT scientist

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 20 consolidator grants to experienced researchers in the Netherlands. While this is still a good score, the number is lower than in the previous three years. UT professor Wiebe de Vos is one of the grant recipients this year.

UT professor Wiebe de Vos

In total the ERC will be handing out 657 million euros worth of consolidator grants during this round, each worth 2 million euros on average. Of the 2,222 applications submitted, 321 were selected (14.4 percent). Professor Wiebe de Vos is the only researcher from the University of Twente to receive funding. He will use the grant for his research project Building charge-MOSAIC nanofiltration membranes for removing micro-pollutants from surface and drinking water.

The lion’s share of the grants has been awarded to research projects in Germany (62), followed by the UK (45) and France (41). Israel, Spain (both 24) and Italy (21) have also done better than the Netherlands this year, which ranked fourth back in 2021, 2020 and 2019.


The ranking is provisional, because the grants for UK researchers are still pending. The laureates will only be able to begin spending their grants once the Brits sign a treaty safeguarding their participation in the Horizon Europe programme.

As an alternative, they may take their research grant to an institution in a country that is affiliated with Horizon Europe. Should they choose to decline the grant, other researchers who initially missed out could be awarded a grant after all. The same happened to some grants awarded in 2021, allowing the Netherlands to move up in the ranking to third place. Another contributing factor was the fact that Switzerland was no longer in the running.


The consolidator grants are comparable to the Dutch Research Council’s Vidi grants. This spring, Marcel Levi, chairperson of the Dutch Research Council, suggested that recipients should give back their Dutch grant if they also receive a European grant shortly after. “That would show solidarity with researchers who have missed out on a grant. In any event, we want to get that debate going.”

Some of the Dutch ERC grant winners were also the recipients of a Vidi grant, but that was several years ago.


Dutch Research Council institutes



VU Amsterdam



Leiden University



University of Groningen



Delft University of Technology



Utrecht University



Radboud University



University of Twente



Radboud UMC



Tilburg University



Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)



Maastricht University








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