The FNR is glad to inform that Dr Anupam Sengupta has been awarded an FNR ATTRACT Fellowship in the 2016-17 ATTRACT Call. Dr Sengupta has been awarded a Starting Investigator grant of 1.5 MEUR for his project which will be hosted at the University of Luxembourg.
Out of ten pre-proposals received in the framework of the ATTRACT call 2016/17, seven candidates were invited to submit a full proposal. Based on the remote evaluations, three candidates were invited for an interview in front of the ATTRACT Panel on 12 June 2017.
The panel selected Dr Anupam Sengupta as Starting Investigator, allocating a total budget of 1.5 MEUR to his project “MBRACE – Microbial Biophysics of Rapid Adaptation in Changing Environments”, to be hosted by the University of Luxembourg’s Physics Department.
About Anupam Sengupta
Sengupta has PhD in soft-matter physics, (2012), carried out under Prof Dr Stephan Herminghaus, at the Max-Planck Institute Goettingen. He has had Postdoctoral research stays at MPI-DS Goettingen, MIT (Human Frontier Grant) and ETH Zürich.
The aim of Dr Anupam Sengupta’s project MBRACE is to build a research team at the interface between soft matter physics and biology, with a particular focus on the topological dynamics of liquid crystals in biological systems.
The ATTRACT programme 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.
The 2017/18 ATTRACT Call for proposals is open, deadline for pre-proposals is Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 14:00 CET.
Luxembourg research team reveals novel immune system mechanism
A team of scientists at the Luxembourg Institute of Health, led by FNR ATTRACT Fellow Prof Dirk Brenner, have discovered a novel mechanism through which the immune system can control autoimmunity and cancer. The findings hold important implications for the development of personalised treatment options for autoimmune disorders. In a nod to the importance of the findings, the research graces the cover of the journal ‘Cell Metabolism’.
FNR-funded projects during COVID-19: FAQs for grantholders & applicants
We understand that researchers and research teams may go through a difficult period triggered by the COVID-19 lockdown. Research projects may currently be suspended and key parts of projects may have to be postponed for a significant amount of time, FNR wishes to offer flexibility in the handling of grants and grant proposals.
The 2021 ATTRACT and PEARL Calls will be launched in early July 2020. Deadlines for pre-proposals is 13 November (ATTRACT) and 6 October (PEARL) 2020. Interest candidates are encouraged to contact their desired host institution as soon as possible.
Due to the precautions associated with the spread of the coronavirus and the closure of schools and the University, please note that the vast majority of FNR staff will be working from home from 16 – 27 March. Please contact FNR staff via email during this time. Thank you for your understanding.
‘National Research Priorities for Luxembourg’ approved by the Government
On 20 December 2019, the Conseil de gouvernement approved the “National Research and Innovation Strategy for Luxembourg” as well as the annexed document of the “National Research Priorities for Luxembourg”. The inclusive process that led to these revised priorities took two years and involved multiple stakeholders: the national and international research community, public and private stakeholders as well as the various ministries.
FNR ATTRACT Fellow Prof Dr Paul Wilmes from the University of Luxembourg’s LCSB has secured a Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his ExpoBiome project. Wilmes is the third FNR ATTRACT Fellow to secure a prestigious ERC grant since 2015.
Luxembourg researchers nominated at Game Connection Europe 2019
‘Mathemarmite’ A game created by the xCIT research group, led by FNR ATTRACT Fellow Dr Pedro Cardoso Leite, is nominated for an Indie Development Award at Game Connection Europe 2019. The free game is a research tool in itself: the goal is to help children learn by understanding how they learn.
As of December 2018, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has signed the DORA declaration, which consists of a set of recommendations to improve the assessment of scientific output. As a signatory of DORA, the FNR fully supports the declaration’s practices in research assessment, and has updated its own peer review guidelines accordingly.
Prof Dirk Brenner awarded for immunometabolism research
FNR ATTRACT Fellow Prof Dr Dirk Brenner from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) has been awarded the Science Award 2018 by the Signal Transduction Society (STS), an active society devoted to the scientific exchange around cellular signalling.
Researchers develop game to help children learn to count and contribute to science in the process
As part of a research project to better understand the human mind, a research group at the University of Luxembourg, led by FNR ATTRACT Fellow and experimental psychologist Prof Pedro Cardoso-Leite, has developed a game to help children learn to count. The game is a research tool in itself: the goal is to help children learn by understanding how they learn.
Following the 2017/18 FNR ATTRACT Call, Dr Johannes Meiser has been awarded a 1.5 MEUR FNR ATTRACT Starting Grant to set up his own research line in the area of cancer metabolism at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH).
Following the 2017/18 ATTRACT Call, Associate Prof. Dr. Emma Schymanski has been awarded a 2 MEUR ATTRACT Consolidator Grant for a project aiming to develop methods to identify unknown chemicals and their effects on health and disease at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg.
Luxembourg researchers lead study in solar cell production discovery
In a study investigating the manufacturing process of solar cells, a team led by the group of FNR ATTRACT Fellow Dr Phillip Dale at the University of Luxembourg has discovered that 20-year old assumptions on chemical processes in the production of solar cells are in fact, inaccurate. The findings have just been published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications.
FNR ATTRACT Fellow in successful effort to develop 3D representation of metabolism
An international research consortium has, with significant involvement of Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) scientists including FNR ATTRACT Fellow Prof Ines Thiele, developed the first computer model to include 3D in the representation of human metabolic processes. The results have just been published in the journal ‘Nature Biotechnology’.
Timed with the recently-launched ATTRACT Call, the FNR has conducted an interview with the only two female ATTRACT Fellows, where they talk about what challenges they face and what the FNR can do to make the programme more attractive to female scientists. Starting with the 2016/17 Call, the FNR introduced a quota for the ATTRACT … Continued
FNR ATTRACT Fellow paper published in prestigious ‘Immunity’ journal
A research team at the Luxembourg Institute of Health have uncovered a previously unknown way in which our immune system activates its immune cells. The novel findings have just been published in the world’s most prestigious immunology journal, ‘Immunity’. The LIH research team was led by FNR ATTRACT Fellow Prof Dr Dirk Brenner.
FNR seeks to double applications from female scientists
The FNR has set itself the goal to double the number of proposals from female researchers in its funding instruments PEARL and ATTRACT, and is appealing to host institutions to increase the number of research proposals submitted to the FNR by female researchers. Gender balance in research was a thematic focus under Luxembourg’s Presidency of … Continued
Dr Massimiliano Esposito, a Fellow on the FNR’s ATTRACT Programme, has been awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator grant by the European Research Council. ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The grants are awarded to selected top researchers with … Continued