31 May 2017

Joost Lumens awarded NWO Vidi grant

Joost Lumens (Department of Biomedical Engineering) will receive up to 800,000 euros to launch an innovative research line and set up his own research group. He has been awarded with a Vidi grant under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), which offers Veni, Vidi and Vici grants. 

Virtual fingerprint of the damaged heart

Sudden cardiac arrest following ventricular arrhythmia often arises from unrecognized cardiac tissue damage. The researchers will combine common echocardiographic imaging with computer simulation to obtain an electro-mechanical “fingerprint” of the heart. This diagnostic approach will enable early recognition and characterization of pro-arrhythmic tissue damage and thereby improve arrhythmic risk management


Vidi is geared towards outstanding researchers who have conducted several years of successful research after obtaining their PhDs. The researchers are ranked among the top ten to twenty percent in their fields. A Vidi grant gives them the opportunity to conduct five years of research on the topic of their choosing. In this way, the NWO is stimulating curiosity-driven and innovative research.

The NWO selects Vidi laureates based on their research qualities, the innovative nature of their research, the expected scientific impact of their research proposal and the opportunities for knowledge exploitation. Vidi grants are awarded annually by the NWO. A total of 590 researchers submitted a proposal for a Vidi grant. NWO has awarded a Vidi grant to 89 researchers 

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme

Vidi is one of three forms of financing included under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. The other two are Veni (for recent graduates) and Vici (for experienced researchers). The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme aims to facilitate innovative scientific research and was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the universities.