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Individual writing support for Dutch NWO research grant applications (Veni, Vidi, Vici)

'We offer a personal, individually tailored and educationally focussed journey of excellence.'

Competitive NWO Talent Scheme (Veni, Vidi, Vici) grant proposals need to be written at an exceptionally high level and communicate your scientific ideas and intentions in a manner that is clear, logical, to-the-point, convincing and easy to read. The proposal must also address all key evaluation/selection criteria.

Our research grant support services have been specifically designed for top/leading researchers who are at the level of submitting a competitive proposal.

We offer services through all stages of the NWO proposal development and writing process, both for new proposals, and resubmissions.


  • Writing Phase (Support, Mentoring and Coaching in Writing the Proposal (See below)

  • Fully Written Draft Phase (See below)


  • Writing Phase (Support, Mentoring and Coaching in Writing) (See below)

  • Fully Written Draft Phase (See below)


  • Concept expansion (scoping the content of draft document) prior to the commencement of the writing.

  • Critical support, feedback and in-depth review of drafts, including narrative CV.

  • Substantive editing of the proposal (for clarity, consistency, flow, tone of voice).

This is our most popular form of support (both for new submissions and resubmissions).
Here, we provide in-depth coaching, advice and support so as to facilitate a strong foundation for the candidate to then start writing and provide in-depth support throughout the writing process. At the commencement of all projects we also work with candidates to create a timeline for sending drafts for review (both to us and to the candidate’s scientific colleagues), thus ensuring that the candidate has sufficient time to optimise the final quality and content of the completed proposal. Our draft review process is characterised by first breaking up the proposal into manageable sections, prior to the creation of a first full draft.

Here, we work with applicants closer to the deadline and review a fully written draft (over 1 or two rounds of review).

  • As most applicants approach us for this support close to a call deadline, we are more limited in the number of applicants we can support with this option.  In this case, the earlier an applicant has a full draft ready, the more likely we have availability to take on supporting an applicant.


  • Our feedback on drafts is highly personalised, in-depth, direct and to the point, and should we identify weaknesses in a proposal, we will always work at providing the applicant with suggestions and/or options as to how the weakness can be remedied.

  • Our support is also highly educationally focussed, helping (1) applicants develop/fine tune their grant writing skills in such a way that they can better write and present proposals into the future, and (2) helping applicants fine tune their mentoring to other/junior members within their own group.

  • When any of our clients interact with us, they will find us to be down to earth and approachable professionals, who have a real passion for what we do, and we understand and appreciate how busy the life of an academic can be.

  • All of our work is based on a strong process-driven foundation.

  • We believe in honesty and transparency, and in building strong and healthy relationships with our clients.

Our method of delivery is via (1) personal ‘one-on-one’ online coaching and feedback sessions; and (2) online via email. The breakdown of this is individually tailored to each individual (some applicants may find online meetings more helpful, whilst others may have more of a preference for working more though email.

You will work directly with with either Fire Sanders or Willem Bouma, both qualified and experienced senior trainers. Both Willem and Fire have experience working with all areas of research, and have worked with numerous applicants and institutions throughout the Netherlands.

We have over 15 years (specifically) working on Dutch, European and international research grant proposals - and over 25 years experience with scientific promotion cases, research grant proposals, interview training, review and editing of high impact research journal articles and writing nominations for prestigious prizes and awards. We specialise in what we do and offer – and NWO grant writing is no exception.

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Hello. Thank you so kindly for your message and query. We will respond to you within 24 hours, and most often quicker than this. Kindest of regards, Fire and Willem @ Whitehorne