This July 2014 I received the wonderful news that my research will be funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research’s (NWO) talent scheme, called the Veni grant. Veni grants are individual grants from the NWO worth up to €250,000.
They are part of the NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, which includes Veni, Vidi and Vici grants. This three-tiered system enables academics at different career stages to conduct pioneering research in areas that relate directly to current social issues.
To foster promising academic talent, Veni grants are aimed at researchers who obtained their PhDs in the last three years. The scheme stimulates curiosity-driven and innovative research by allowing recipients the freedom to choose their own research topic. It also gives young researchers an important leg up in their academic careers. They use the grant to cover their salary and to organize related activities. A total of 1086 researchers submitted an application and eventually 152 of them received a Veni grant. That is equivalent to an award date of 14%. I was one of 23 selected Humanities researchers who will carry out a funded Veni project for a three year period.
My project’s short layman’s summary is as follows, or you can read a longer version here:
Vital art: transgender portraiture as visual activism
Dr E.A. Steinbock – Gender studies
While many people known the term “transgender”, knowledge is lacking about how transgender people experience and respond to social stigma. By studying three key transgender visual activists from Germany, Canada, and South Africa in the context of their media landscapes, I will emphasize the strategic role of the portrait in combating discrimination.
You can read the whole press release from NWO here: http://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2014/38-million-euros-for-152-talented-veni-researchers.html