Innovative research produces valuable results: it may open up new areas of research or put an unexpected perspective on existing fields. The aim of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme is to give an extra boost to innovative research through three categories of grants: Veni, Vedi and Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered). The terms refer to how far the researcher has progressed in his/her research career:
- Veni: this grant enables talented researchers who have recently gained their PhD to expand innovative ideas;
- Vidi: researchers who are eligible for this grant are more experienced. They are given the opportunity to set up an innovative line of research and appoint other researchers to that end;
- Vici: any researcher seeking the honour of a Vici grant will have an outstanding record of service and have demonstrated the ability to develop innovative lines of research. The Vici grant gives established researchers the chance to build up an innovative research group.