Two VU scientists receive Rubicon grants for research abroad

Research funders NWO and ZonMw are awarding Rubicon grants to sixteen recently graduated scientists to gain experience at a foreign knowledge institute. Two lucky winners come from VU.

Rubicon Grant recipients are nine men and seven women. Almost everyone has been abroad for two years. Seven chose the United States, two the United Kingdom, and the rest South Africa, Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal or Belgium. Almost forty percent of applications are approved.

Spinal Cord Injury and Psychiatric Disorders

For example, scientists are researching how to recreate human bones with a 3D printer, how memories are stored in the brain, and how to create high-speed electronic switches. From the VU, Ines Maldonado-Lasuncion will investigate a new treatment for chronic spinal cord injury and Evert Boonstra will lay a new foundation for research into psychiatric disorders.

For this third and final round of Rubicon grants in 2022, 42 applications were submitted, of which 38.5 percent were funded. Financiers NWO and ZonMw award about sixty grants each year.

The Rubicon Scholarship is popular. Since 2005, it has made it possible for young scientists to go abroad for a year or two. But those who missed him need not despair. Scholarship has not been proven to have a major impact on the academic profession.

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