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NWO Rubicon Fellowship

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Country Code: P213
Name of Programme: NWO Rubicon Fellowship
Organisation responsible for the programme: NWO(De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek), funded by Ministry of OCW, Governing Board of NWO.
Type of organisation: National Agency
Country: Netherlands
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Starting Date 2005
Ending date 2010
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable)

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
The Rubicon programme is directed at promising young postdoctoral researchers who are still at the start of their careers but whose academic strengths give them the potential to become established figures in the Dutch research world
Priority actions
NWO encourages young researchers to dedicate themselves to a career in postdoctoral research by giving them the chance to enhance their career prospects by spending up to two years at a top research institution outside the Netherlands or one year at an excellent Dutch research institution. The Rubicon programme also offers talented researchers from abroad the opportunity to obtain grants to spend one year conducting research in the Netherlands. Proposals will be assessed on the basis of the quality of the applicant, the research proposal and the host institution. The Rubicon programme is open to all scientific disciplines.
Management and coordination
In fulfilling its responsibilities NWO pays due attention to the aspect of coordination and facilitates this where necessary. NWO wants to ensure that Dutch science continues to be amongst the best in the world and that the currently strong position is further strengthened. NWO would also like to see a more intensive use of the results from scientific research by society, so that the contribution of scientific research to prosperity and welfare can be further increased.
Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
The expected outputs and outcomes are high quality publications and research results.
A positive impact for the Netherlands is that the researchers hopefully return to the Netherlands and profit from their Rubicon experience in their scientific career.
A positive impact for the third countries involved is that they receive a high quality researcher for free. The host institutions only have to provide the infrastructure.
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