Funding programmes 

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There are three main types of research funding available in Luxembourg: national funding, European funding, and private funding.

National Funding

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) offers a wide variety of funding instruments aiming to attain scientific leadership in key areas, turn public research into a competitive advantage for the country and anchor science and research in society: 

Standard research funding programmes 

International collaboration and mobility

Attracting excellent researchers and knowledge transfer professionals 

In general, FNR programmes are based on competitive funding and are used to finance projects linked to research activities in Luxembourg. Additional support exists for outstanding researchers coming to Luxembourg to set up a research group, including

Encouraging private and public collaborations

The FNR encourages and financially supports public-private collaboration for research at all career stages.

Industrial Fellowships, Industrial Partnership Block Grant (IPBG) and BRIDGES programmes. Through the JUMP instrument, a programme opened to all research domains, the FNR helps 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. 

European Funding

As National Contact Point, Luxinnovation provides information, advice and guidance to applicants for EU research and innovation funding. Luxembourg’s national innovation agency works one-on-one on individual projects, organises events, and communicates broadly.

HORIZON EUROPE

Horizon Europe is the European Union’s Research & Innovation Investment Programme for 7 years (2021 to 2027), also referred to as the 9th Framework Programme (FP 9). It is the EU’s flagship programme to support research and innovation (R&I) all the way from fundamental concept to market uptake.

MSCA – THE MARIE SKŁODOWSKACURIE ACTIONS  PROGRAMME

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

EUREKA

Eureka is an international network established in 1985 as an agreement between 18 countries to foster European competitiveness and integration and to encourage R&D cooperation. Since then, it has expanded to include over 45 countries in Europe and beyond who share the same goals and have national funding available to organisations who apply through its programmes.

IRASME

IraSME is a network of funding programmes from different countries/regions that share the same goal: Supporting small businesses in their innovation efforts. 

ECSEL (ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS FOR EUROPEAN LEADERSHIP)

The ECSEL Joint Undertaking – the Public-Private Partnership for Electronic Components and Systems – funds Research, Development and Innovation projects for world-class expertise in these key enabling technologies, essential for Europe’s competitive leadership in the era of the digital economy. Luxembourg’s Ministry of the Economy supports ECSEL through Luxinnovation.

Private Funding

Private funding is also an option. As such, some private funders or foundation offer scientific funding programmes.

André Losch Fondation

André Losch Fondation is a Luxembourg fondation reconnue d’utilité publique created in 2009 and supporting philanthropic projects in the fields of education, scientific research, health and social cohesion. It was founded by André Losch a Luxembourg entrepreneur and according to his will is active exclusively within the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

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