Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is the main funder of research activities in Luxembourg. The FNR has put into place several research programmes and aid schemes.
In 2019, 201 projects were funded by the FNR for a total amount of 61,64 million Euros.
Its vision is to establish Luxembourg as a leading knowledge-based society through science, research and innovation, thereby contributing to the country’s economic diversification and future prosperity.
It aims to set up a sustainable world-class research system in Luxembourg that will generate societal and economic impact in key strategic areas. To this end, the FNR invests public funds into research projects in various branches of science and humanities, with an emphasis on core strategic areas, and in a dedicated internationalisation strategy.
Since its creation in 1999, the FNR has committed some 710 million Euros to 3870 research projects.
Furthermore, the FNR supports and coordinates activities to strengthen the link between science and society, and to raise public awareness for research. It also advises the Luxembourg Government on research policy and strategy.
Luxinnovation is the contact point for Horizon 2020 in Luxembourg. Research and innovation projects are often collaborations between researchers and companies that cross national borders. Innovative companies or research laboratories can participate in various European programmes, depending on their profile and development strategy. Funding is available for collaborative projects, but also for single small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Horizon 2020, as the name suggests, will come to an end in 2020. Nevertheless, the European Commission is working on the new Framework Programme, Horizon Europe.