Career Stage(s): Postdoc & Junior Researcher, Established Researcher, Leading Researcher,

Funding Type(s): Project Funding, Support for International Collaborations,

Deadline: 18-04-2018 14:00 CET


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 priority research domains:

  • Innovation in Services (IS)
  • Sustainable Resource Management in Luxembourg (SR)
  • New Functional and Intelligent Materials and Surfaces and New Sensing Applications (MS)
  • Biomedical and Health Sciences (BM)
  • Societal Challenges (SC)

CORE projects should be innovative and of high scientific quality. All projects are peer reviewed by international reviewers.


CORE projects have a lifespan of 2 – 3 years and funding is allocated on a competitive basis.


  • The FNR allocates a maximum financial contribution of 18.4 MEUR for the CORE 2018 Call.


  • First time CORE applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the FNR for additional guidance prior to submitting a research proposal.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI), author and leader of the project, is asked to submit proposals which are appropriate to their track record and experience.
  • Postdoc & early-career researchers may apply for the programme through the CORE Junior Track, a dedicated framework for less experienced PIs.
  • All applications must be submitted via the FNR’s Online Grant Management System
  • Launch of 2018 Call: Monday, 11 December 2017. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 14:00 CET.
  • Please take note of the format requirements, these can be found in the Project Application Form
  • Funding decisions will be communicated by end-October 2018

NEW FOR 2018

International co-funding

The International co-funding within CORE has been extended. A new collaboration agreement has been signed with the Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (FCT). Bi-lateral projects between Luxembourg researchers and their colleagues abroad have to be submitted within CORE. In this cooperation FNR will always be the Lead Agency.

Fondation cancer

The FNR is pleased to announce that the Fondation Cancer has agreed to join funding for CORE 2018 projects. Applicants have to provide evidence that these cancer projects are in line with the CORE domain of ‘Biomedical sciences’ and comply with the topics of the Plan Cancer. The projects will be evaluated within the CORE selection process.

Download the summary of the Plan Cancer topics


Bilateral projects with project partners requesting funding, e.g.  FCT (Portugal), DFG (Germany), SNF (Switzerland), or FWF (Austria), may be submitted under the lead agency principle. Further collaborations are, for example, possible with Poland (in ICT) or with EMBL (in Biomed). These bilateral projects fall under ‘INTER’, the FNR’s umbrella for international cooperation.

Find out more about International Cooperation opportunities

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