Key research funding programmes

Attracting excellent researchers and knowledge transfer professionals

Researcher support

Researcher Mobility

From research to market

Scientific culture

Key research funding programmes 

CORE is the central programme of the FNR. A multi-annual thematic research programme, the prime objective of CORE is to strengthen the scientific quality of Luxembourg’s public research in the country’s research priorities presented in the National Research & Innovation Strategy for Luxembourg. CORE projects should be innovative and of high scientific quality.  

OPEN programme provides funding for a limited number of high- quality research projects in areas that are not covered by the research priorities presented in the National Research & Innovation Strategy for Luxembourg. It aims at supporting established researchers to pursue innovative research projects of high scientific quality in emerging research areas in Luxembourg.  

INTER is the main funding instrument to foster international collaboration. It aims to give Luxembourg’s public research a higher profile in the international context by providing funding for international collaboration. INTER enables the FNR to initiate bi or multilateral arrangements for project calls in conjunction with other national or international funding bodies. 

FNR has entered a number of cooperation agreements with foreign funding agencies to provide funding opportunities for bilateral projects. Furthermore, FNR has joined several international consortia which provide funding opportunities for multilateral projects. 

INITIATE is designed to support the initiation and development of strategic research and innovation  project ideas that will help make Luxembourg internationally competitive in priority domains. This phase of project  development should engage different public and private (if applicable) teams strategically in tackling larger  questions, which require focused and dedicated support that is cannot be addressed through conventional project funding.

Attracting excellent researchers and knowledge transfer professionals 

ATTRACT is designed for researchers not yet established in Luxembourg, who demonstrate the potential to become leaders in their field of research. The scheme offers promising junior researchers the opportunity to set up their own research team within one of the country’s research institutions. Host institutions offer candidates the prospect of developing an own research line. ATTRACT fellows are offered individual coaching and a career track towards a tenured position. 

PEARL offers research institutions attractive funding to enable them to attract internationally recognised senior researchers from abroad to Luxembourg. 

KITS provides competitive funding to public research institutions in Luxembourg to attract and integrate highly-skilled professionals in the area of knowledge transfer. 

Researcher support 

AFR INDIVIDUAL provides funding for the training of doctoral candidates only. Grants are awarded in the form of an employment contract with the host institution, rather than in the form of a scholarship. It is divided into two sub-categories: 

  • AFR PhD in Luxembourg (AFR Incoming): Candidates from any nationality may apply for a doctoral position in an eligible Luxembourg host institution. Candidates will have to spend >50% in Luxembourg under an employment contract with the host institution; 
  • AFR PhD abroad (AFR Outgoing): Luxembourg nationals, or residents in Luxembourg for more than 5 consecutive years, may apply for a doctoral position in a public higher education institution abroad. The rule for this type of AFR grants is an employment contract with the institution abroad, but in exceptional cases, grants without a work contract can be awarded. 

INDUSTRIAL FELLOWSHIPS awards PhD and Postdoc grants to researchers who carry out their PhD and/or postdoc training in collaboration with a company in Luxembourg. The scheme is open to all scientific domains, and to all researchers, regardless of their nationality. Collaborating companies must have a presence in Luxembourg. It has two strands: 

  • Projects carried out in Luxembourg (IN): More than 50% of research time is spent in Luxembourg, under an employment contract. 
  • Projects carried out abroad (OUT): More than 50% of research time is spent outside Luxembourg, under an employment contract, but at least 25% of the work has to be spent at the company in Luxembourg. 

PRIDE aims to support the development of critical mass in key research areas, by attracting excellent PhD candidates to Luxembourg and offering them high quality research training. Under this programme, a block of PhD grants is awarded to a consortium of excellent researchers united around a coherent research and training programme. PRIDE is open to all domains of research and technological development. 

Researcher Mobility 

INTER MOBILITY promotes the exchange between research groups from public research institutions in Luxembourg, and leading research groups abroad. The programme aims to foster innovative, internationally competitive research – and support the exchange of key knowledge and technological know-how. 

INTER mobility allows for exchanges in both directions: researchers working in Luxembourg to go abroad, or researchers from abroad to come to Luxembourg. 

The programme may also contribute to bridging the gap between the research communities in the public sector and in business and industry – exchanges with foreign companies are highly welcome. 

MSCA – the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions programme encourages transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. It enables research-focused organisations (both public and private) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide. 

The MSCA programme aims to equip researchers with the necessary skills and international experience for a successful career, either in the public or the private sector. The MSCA programme is open to all areas of research and innovation, from fundamental research to market take-up and innovation services.  

From research to market 

BRIDGES aims to stimulate public-private research collaborations. It provides financial support for industry partnerships between public research institutions in Luxembourg and companies with a presence in Luxembourg. 

IPBG – Industrial Partnership Block Grant – aims to foster the cooperation between Luxembourg-based companies active in R&D and Luxembourg public research institutions. It awards a block allocation of PhD and/or Postdoc grants for companies taking the lead in setting up a research programme together with a public research organisation. 

JUMP is a competitive funding programme, open to all research domains, that is designed to help bridge the technical and funding gap between research-driven discoveries and their commercialisation/utilisation, thereby enhancing the impact of Luxembourg’s research on economy and society. 

It provides financial support to advance the development of applied research-driven and leading-edge technologies/concepts, products and services that have potential for: enabling the creation of a start-up company that will further develop and commercialize the invention or licensing to an existing company; further funding and collaboration (private or public) in view of commercialisation. 

Fit 4 Horizon 2020 brings financial support to Luxembourg-based companies to cover part of their costs for preparing and submitting Horizon 2020 project proposals. 

Scientific culture 

RESCOM: Scientific Events supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes and funds key international scientific conferences and lecture series. 

RESCOM: Scientific Monographs aims to promote the publication of scientific monographs that make outstanding research results accessible to an interested audience and expand the frontiers of knowledge in that particular field. 

OPEN ACCESS FUNDpromotes the free access to research results from FNR-(co)funded projects. The programme provides financial support to cover article processing charges or other costs that may arise through the publication of peer-reviewed research results in Open Access. 

PSP-CLASSIC co-funds projects that allow lay audiences (general public, school children, educational personnel, etc.) to come into contact with science and research in an interactive way. 

PSP-FLAGSHIP aims to set up long-term science outreach activities with a sustainable and lasting impact on the promotion of science to the general public in Luxembourg.