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Horizon 2020: Luxembourg has 3rd highest success rate in the EU

With a total of 127 projects co-funded with a total amount of €45 million (+40%), Horizon 2020 projects with Luxembourg participants increased by 25% in 2020.

The number of new projects involving Luxembourg participants with funding from Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme, increased from 102 in 2019 to 127 in 2020 (+25%).

In the digital sector, 27 Luxembourg participations in projects funded under the ICT-Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) work programme, which together received €12.9 million of EU funding.

The success rate of Luxembourg applicants (19.57%) was the third best in the EU. Private companies participating in Horizon 2020 projects primarily cooperated with partners from Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, the UK and Belgium. Luxinnovation, the national innovation agency in Luxembourg, also helped 30 companies find postdoctoral experts from all over the world for collaboration in the context of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships programme.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Luxembourg

The European Commission funds excellent postdoctoral scientists conducting 2-year research projects at companies, research centres, NGOs and public administrations through the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Luxembourg organisations showed great interest in this initiative in 2020, and a high number of applications were received from researchers. A total of 88 proposals were submitted. Those submitted during the first half of the year had a success rate of 28%, which was the highest in the EU (the average was 15%). The ones that had been prepared with coaching from Luxinnovation had an even higher success rate: 42%.

Find information about the Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowships and how to apply for positions in Luxembourg on Luxinnovation’s website

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Spotlight on the Luxembourg GAIA-X regional hub

By joining the European federated data infrastructure’s project, Luxembourg will facilitate the participation of all relevant players in the country: companies, public sector bodies and research organisations.

If data from multiple sources can be made available and combined in a secure and trusted environment, companies, research organisations and public bodies can gain new knowledge, create innovative and sustainable products and offer better services to citizens. The objective of GAIA-X is to develop the foundations of a European federated, open data infrastructure based on European values by gathering the requirements from business, research and the public sector.

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GAIA-X aims at connecting centralised and decentralised infrastructures in order to turn them into a homogeneous, user-friendly system where data can be accessed and shared securely and confidently. Regional hubs in participating countries will coordinate the initiative on the national level and facilitate the participation of local players that want to be part of formulating the requirements for making data accessible and interoperable. Luxinnovation will act as coordinator of the Luxembourg GAIA-X Regional Hub.

“Our objective is to include all relevant players in the Luxembourg GAIA-X hub: businesses, ministries and research organisations,” states Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot.

GAIA-X comprises two main layers: connecting and harmonising necessary infrastructure – cloud systems, connectivity, computing power and so on – and setting up thematic data spaces where use cases in areas such as energy, mobility, finance, health, etc. can be explored taking into account the user and demand perspective.

A European secure and federated data infrastructure

“Joining GAIA-X offers Luxembourg’s cloud services providers, network providers and data infrastructure entities the opportunity to provide input to defining data infrastructure requirements,” explains Sasha Baillie, CEO of Luxinnovation.

“It is a way to ensure that their services and infrastructures will be interconnected and interoperable within a future European secure and federated data infrastructure. Participating in the data domain working groups is relevant to any company, research organisation or public sector body that sees the opportunities and benefits that secure access to, as well as sharing and combining of, data across many sectors can offer. They will be able to identify and prioritise use cases, align on common data standards required, possibly build consortia to benefit from future opportunities as well as leverage national and European funding.”   

A special advisor for digitalisation and data economy at Luxinnovation, Peter Sodermans, has been entrusted with the coordination of the Luxembourg GAIA-X regional hub. He will act as a central contact point for all partners involved and any interested parties.