KWF invests in the development of young researchers to ensure a steady influx of new lines of research and excellent (clinical) researchers into the field of oncology research. Talented young researchers are offered the opportunity to submit their research proposals, which are reviewed in a separate competition known as the “Young Investigator Grant”.
The Young Investigator Grant is intended for post-doctoral researchers, resident physicians, or medical specialists early in their scientific careers. The review procedure involves an interview to review whether the candidate is capable of taking on the responsibilities of a project leader and carrying out the project independently.
Eligibility conditions for a Young Investigator Grant:
• A proposal for a Young Investigator Grant has to be made within 5 years after obtaining a PhD. This period can be extended by the total amount of time spent on training to become a clinical/medical specialist after obtaining a PhD.
• The project leader (=young investigator) is required to work a minimum of 0.5 FTE per year during the entire project.
• If a candidate has a valid reason for an extension of the deadline for the submission of a project proposal (s)he can contact KWF. This is only possible for the upcoming call for proposals. The candidate must be able to substantiate the reason for the extension with official documents. If KWF considers the reason to be valid, extension is granted for the upcoming call. The maximum extension allowed is 2 years.
• The line of research should be new, not a project within an existing line of research developed by an established researcher.
• The project leader must hold a PhD at the start of the project and be employed by a Dutch institute during the term of the project.
• The guideline for the duration of a Young Investigator Grant is 4 years. Justification has to be provided when exceeding this duration
• The guideline for the budget of a research project is €500,000. Detailed justification has to be provided when exceeding this amount.
• The costs for international internships can be included for scientific personnel.
• The main focus of the execution of the project has to be in the Netherlands. Parts of the work plan can be carried out in other countries, on the condition good reasons can be provided to explain why this is necessary for the realisation of the work plan.
The Young Investigator Grants financed from the proceeds of Alpe d'HuZes (theme Ambition) remain known as Bas Mulder Award.