Veni grants for 25 UvA and Amsterdam UMC researchers

University of Amsterdam

No fewer than 25 researchers from the UvA and Amsterdam UMC have been awarded Veni grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grants amount to a maximum of 250,000 euros per project. The recipients can use this to further develop their research idea for the next three years.

Of the 1,127 project applications that the NWO received, a total of 162 were awarded a Veni in this round.

The recipients

  • Dr Michelle Achlatis (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics): Their day in the sun: the ancient collaboration between marine sponges and their photosynthetic symbionts

    Imagine symbiotic microbes under your skin harvested sunlight and fed you sugars. They do so inside marine sponges, but how much sugar can they spare and how do they communicate with the sponge? This research uncovers how sponges and microbes collaborate, and evaluates their sun-driven biomass production on coral reefs.

  • Dr Rowan Arundel (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research): WEALTHSCAPES: the spatial inequality of housing wealth accumulation

    Housing wealth is central to growing societal inequalities. Its accumulation is also inherently spatial and increasingly so. Combining detailed spatial and quantitative analyses across the Netherlands, UK and Spain, the project confronts the crucial role of both housing market spatial polarisation and divided housing access in driving growing wealth inequalities.

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