NWO Veni grant for Paul Smeets

Paul Smeets has been awarded a research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Veni grants are for outstanding researchers who have recently earned their PhD, are at the start of their scientific career and show an exceptional talent for research.

Veni is targeted towards outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. These researchers are beginning their scientific careers and display a striking talent for scientific research. Each grant is for a maximum of €250,000.

Paul Smeets received a Veni grant for his research project “What motivates investors to hold responsible investments?” Insight into investor motives is crucial because it will increase the share of private funding for tackling critical social and environmental challenges. Paul’s project investigates the role of three possible drivers of socially responsible investment behaviour: financial motives, intrinsic social objectives and the psychological factor of happiness.

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