Knowledge exchange and impact

All "NWO Vernieuwingsimpuls" applications will be assessed on knowledge utilisation, as well as on the quality of the researcher and that of the project proposal. The knowledge utilisation assessment will represent 20% of the total assessment. This is an important change with respect to previous application rounds.

Target group

Applicants (employed by Leiden University) applying for a NWO Veni, Vidi, or Vici grant or another NWO proposal with a similar knowledge utilisation paragraph


Next to the quality of the research and of the researcher, all NWO applications are assessed on possible knowledge utilisation, representing 10% to 30% of the total rating (Verniewingsimpuls 20%). The goal of this training is to give researchers the tools to write an excellent knowledge utilisation paragraph for their application. A prerequisite for the training is that you have a (nearly finished) research proposal as a starting point.

Working method and course content

This is a very hands-on training. During 4 hours you will gather all the elements for your own knowledge utilisation paragraph by making a poster. The trainer provides background and participants help each other by giving feedback. We will start by discussing what is being asked for in the knowledge utilisation paragraph and how this relates to the rest of the application. We start with identifying the outcomes of your own research. Next, you will identify interested parties (stakeholders) and articulate why they are interested. Lastly, you will work on a practical time line for knowledge utilisation, and describing your role as researcher. Note that you will not do actual writing during the training. After the training you can send your (revised) knowledge utilisation paragraph to the trainer and you will receive feedback.


Employees of Leiden University can register via Self service.

Others (LUMC PhD's, or when you have no acces to Self service) can enrol by returning the completed and signed registration form to HRM Training and Development (scanned & by email or by post).

If the date of the course is no longer in the overview in Self Service, this means that the course if full. In that case you can register for the same course on another date by sending a mail to HRM-Opleidingen. As soon as there are enough people interested in the course, we will plan a new date and will let you know accordingly.


New dates for 2017 will be published end February 2017

Venue: HUBSpot, Langegracht 70, Leiden


The course amounts to 6 hrs in total, including attendance, preparation and homework.

Costs and cancellation

PhD candidates (Leiden University and LUMC) and staff members Leiden University: no charge

Our cancellation rules apply to all courses. Cancellation within two weeks before the first course date means we have to charge a cancellation fee of € 100.

Course given by

One or more Luris advisor(s) with knowledge utilisation and grant writing expertise. Luris assists Leiden University researchers to establish fruitful collaborations with commercial and non-commercial partners to increase the societal impact of academic research. This includes giving funding advice and support to hundreds of researchers with research grant applications each year, which range from Veni to large H2020 collaborative projects.

Any questions

Experiences of participants

To give you an image of the opinion of participants that took this course before, we made a summary of the evaluation forms of the compulsory course for Science PhD candidates:

Last Modified: 12-01-2017