Consortium on Individual Development

About the consortium

Why some children thrive, and others don’t

Most children develop well and find their way into society without many problems, but not all children manage to do so. We know that this difference is related to a combination of the child’s disposition and the environment in which he or she is raised. We want to understand the role of brain development herein, how children’s chances for thriving are determined by their (grand) parents, and how we can better guide children’s development.

The Consortium on Individual Development (CID) involves researchers from Utrecht University (applying university), University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, University of Groningen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen, and VU University Amsterdam.

This website is developed for researchers working within the Consortium on Individual Development. On this site, you can find general information about CID, and in the member area you can find items specifically for PI’s working within the consortium.

CID consortium

The Consortium on Individual Development (CID) unites the best that the Netherlands has to offer in developmental research, encompassing seven different universities and a wide range of behavioral and social disciplines, including behavioral genetics, developmental (neuro)biology, psychiatry, neurocognitive science, developmental psychology, pedagogical sciences, communications science, and mathematics.

The consortium aims to understand and predict how the interplay of child characteristics and environmental factors results in individual differences in the development of social competence and behavioral control of the child. The specific aims are:

  • To understand brain development as a mechanism underlying the associations between child characteristics and environmental effects;
  • To understand how changes in development are dependent on individual differences in susceptibility to environmental influences;
  • To understand transmission of behavior across generations, and the role of parenting and genetic factors herein;
  • To predict long-term interactive effects between individual and environmental factors on developmental outcomes through animal and mathematical models.

Gravitation program

The consortium has been granted in research funding by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as part of the Gravitation Program. With the Gravitation Program, the Dutch Government aims to encourage research by consortia of top researchers in the Netherlands.

The funding is intended for highly ambitious research programs that have the potential to bring about international breakthroughs. Furthermore, the consortia make a substantial contribution to the training of talented researchers. In 2012, six research teams from different Dutch universities have been granted funds to collaborate in scientific research programs over a period of ten years. CID is one of the teams granted. (Reference: