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2016-17 ATTRACT Call results: 1 ATTRACT Fellowship awarded

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.

Dr Anupam Sengupta

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.

About ATTRACT

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.

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International cooperation: Round-up funded INTER projects 2023

The FNR is pleased to share that 40 projects were retained for funding across 20 INTER Calls, an FNR commitment of 17,3 MEUR. 20 projects are bilateral, 20 are multilateral. Through the INTER programme, the FNR supports the participation of Luxembourg-based researchers in bi and multilateral international projects.

FNR online training for researchers: how to engage with policymakers

How to engage with policymakers: The FNR’s online training for researchers takes place virtually on Monday 4th March (14h00-16h00) and Tuesday 5th March (10h00-12h00). Register now!

Spotlight on Young Researchers 2024 Call: Early-career scientists, share your science!

The FNR is pleased to announce the 9th edition of Spotlight on Young Researchers, where we shine a spotlight on people across the globe with a connection to Luxembourg, who are early in their research careers. Through Spotlight on Young Researchers, you have the chance to draw attention to your field of research, a question or issue and share the work you are doing, and why it is important. Stories will be published as a feature, with the option of an accompanying video. Deadline to participate is Monday, 1 April 2024. Since 2023, Spotlight on Young Researchers has also been open to lab assistants and technicians, don’t hesitate to participate!

Alpbach Summer School 2024 – apply now!

The Alpbach Summer School 2024 (9 – 18 July) is now open for Master and PhD candidates with a scientific or an engineering background to apply. The Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), with the support of the FNR and GLAE, is encouraging candidates from Luxembourg to participate in this unique programme. The 2024 topic is ‘Giant Planets and their moons’. Deadline to apply is 29 February 2024.

Launch 2024-1 Industrial Fellowships Call

The 2024-1 Industrial Fellowships call is now open, with a deadline of 18 April 2024, 14:00 CET. The Industrial Fellowships programme awards PhD and Postdoc grants to researchers who carry out their PhD and/or postdoc training in collaboration with a company in Luxembourg.

Launch 2024 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the 2024 BRIDGES Call is now open. Deadline is 18 April 2024, 14:00 CET. Through BRIDGES, the FNR supports industry partnerships between public research institutions in Luxembourg and national or international companies.

Take Off Science Challenge Show: Call for ideas for season 2!

After the first season of The Take Off Science Challenge Show started airing in January, the Take Off team is already planning its thrilling second season! We want your creative input. Do you have an idea for a science challenge that’s surprising, tricky, and can be cracked by our candidates within maximum 90 minutes? Can it be brought to life in a studio setting, creating those heart-pounding suspense moments? Submit your idea by 26 February 2024.

New Mäin Element podcast episode: Gilbert Fridgen

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast episode in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. The ‘Mäin Element’ podcast series features people in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The newest episode features PayPal-FNR PEARL Chair Prof Gilbert Fridgen (SnT, University … Continued

Launch of 2024 INTER Mobility Call

The FNR is pleased to announce the launch of the 2024 INTER Mobility Call, with a deadline of 1 April 2024, 14:00 CET. Through INTER Mobility, the FNR supports research stays of established researchers from Luxembourg abroad, or for established researchers abroad to visit researchers in Luxembourg.

Trends under Review – A forum for the Luxembourg Research Community

Join us at the Luxembourg National Research Fund’s (FNR) hosted forum  ‘Trends Under Review’ . This series is more than just a set of lectures; it’s a dynamic forum for discussing the latest trends in science and research. We invite international experts to share their insights on diverse topics like open science, research culture, and science communication. The first two lectures are coming up on 13 March and 22 May 2024.

CORE Bilateral now also includes Quebec FRQ

The FNR is pleased to communicate that starting with the current CORE Call, deadline 17 April 2024, 14:00 CET, researchers may submit bilateral proposals together with researchers funded by Quebec FRQ. Quebec FRQ will fund the Canadian researchers part with up to 300,000$, and will support a maximum of two retained projects.

INTERnational cooperation: Launch CHIST-ERA call

CHIST-ERA, the multilateral ERA-NET Call  is now open. Topic of this call is ‘Multidimensional Geographic Information Systems (MultiGIS)’ and ‘Smart Contracts for Digital Transformation Ecosystems (SmartC)’. Deadline for proposals is 10 April 2024, 17:00 CET.

INTERnational cooperation: Launch JPND Call

The EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has launched the 2024 joint trans-national call for multinational research projects on ‘Mechanisms And Measurement Of Disease Progression In The Early Phase Of Neurodegenerative Diseases’. Pre-proposal deadline is 5 March 2024, 12:00 CET.

Information webinar for FNR Applicants – slides available!

On the 5 February 2024, the FNR hosted a webinar providing practical information on policies, requirements, opportunities, and everything else needed for submitting to our funding calls. A mix of topics were presented, with dedicated Q&A sessions to ask questions to the FNR. In addition, there was be an interactive training session for preparing the Narrative Profile for FNR programmes. The slides presented at the webinar are now available and feedback is very welcome!

Take Off takes off: The first season of the science challenge show launches!

The first episode of the Take Off Science Challenge Show airs on Sunday, 14 January – on RTL and YouTube! Be there when the candidates face the challenges and fight to get through. Don’t miss the first show of its kind in Luxembourg, watch on RTL or YouTube! Take Off is a joint initiative of the André Losch Fondation and the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The show is produced by FreeLens in cooperation with BrainPlug and Moast.  

INTERnational cooperation: Launch EP PerMed Call

The FNR is pleased to share the launch of the first EP PerMed Call. The Call will aim to fund research that fosters the identification or validation of targets for personalised medicine approaches. Applicants must combine the research on new and advanced targets with companion biomarker research (companion diagnostics). The final call text will be published early 2024 and will be based on the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Personalised Medicine (SRIA PerMed). The FNR supports this call as part of its INTER programme to foster international cooperation. Pre-proposal deadline is 15 March 2024, 17:00 CET.

2024 Grand Prix en Sciences de l’Institut Grand-Ducal – Prize in chemical sciences

Since 2010, the Section of natural sciences, physics and mathematics of the Institut grand-ducal has awarded each year a researcher (m/f) for either their complete work or an exceptional discovery in the fields of biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics. To be eligible for the award, the researcher (m/f) must be of Luxembourgish nationality or a researcher working or having worked in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg with the major part of his/her scientific work and international publications done in the Grand-Duchy. The prize is endowed with 5.000 EUR and is awarded during an academic session at the end of the year. Deadline is 31 March 2024.

Researchers at School 2024: Remaining sessions!

The FNR is inviting all researchers in Luxembourg to ‘go back to school’ and inspire the next generation of researchers! ‘Researchers at School’ is your chance to interact and motivate future generations, and share the passion that got you into research in the first place. The 2024 edition takes place from Monday, 11 – Friday, 15 March. Register now!

Launch 2024-1 PSP Classic Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the opening of the 2024-1 PSP-Classic Call for proposals. Through the Promoting Science to the Public (PSP) programme, the FNR supports projects and activities that allow the target audience – the public – to come into contact with science and research in an interactive way. 1 March 2024, 14:00 CET.

INTERnational cooperation: EUROSTARS programme

The FNR is pleased to communicate that the EUROSTARS programme will open its next call on 11 January 2024, with an application deadline of 14 March 2024. A webinar will take place on 11 January 2024, from 10:30 – 12:00 CET. The FNR supports this call as part of the FNR INTER programme to foster … Continued

2024 Calls flyer now available!

The FNR is pleased to share the flyer and poster providing an overview of the 2024 FNR call deadlines. The overview is available as an A4 flyer with short descriptions of calls, as well as in an A3 poster.

Researchers’ Days 2024: Call for proposals!

The Researchers’ Days will return for its 8th edition on Friday, 25 and Saturday, 26 November 2022 at the Rockhal in Esch/Belval. Don’t miss the chance to interact and motivate future generations of scientists and share the passion that got you into research by offering them a hands-on science workshop or a Science Café!    

Launch of OPEN 2024 Call

The FNR is pleased to announce the launch of the 2024 OPEN Call for proposals. Deadline for submission is 17 April 2024, 14:00 CET.

Call for applications – deadline extended: Pairing Scheme – Politics meets Research on 8 March 2024

Do you want to engage with Members of parliaments (MPs) from Luxembourg’s Parliament? Does your research contribute to one of the topics of the call? Apply by 29 January 2024, 14:00 CET, for the new format of the Pairing Scheme, a collaboration between FNR with the research service from the Luxembourg Parliament.

Launch 2024 KITS Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the launch of the 2024 KITS Call, with a proposal deadline of 26 April 2024, 14:00 CET. Applicants must submit an “Idea submission/presentation” by 26 March 2024. Upon confirmation from the FNR, the project team can proceed to prepare and submit a comprehensive KITS 2024 proposal before the call deadline. Through KITS, the FNR supports knowledge and innovation transfer.

Launch 2024 AFR Individual Call

The FNR is pleased to launch the 2024 AFR Individual call with a deadline of 13 march 2024, 14:00 CET. Through AFR Individual, the FNR awards PhD grants to Luxembourg researchers anywhere in the world, or for researchers of any nationality in Luxembourg. There will be no AFR Bilateral Call in 2024.

Launch of 2024 CORE Call

The FNR hereby launches the 2024 CORE Call for proposals. Deadline for submission is 17 April 2024, 14:00 CET. CORE is the central programme of the FNR. A multi-annual thematic funding programme, the prime objective of CORE is to strengthen the scientific quality of Luxembourg’s public research in the country’s research priorities.

CORE 2023 final results

The FNR is pleased to communicate the final results of the 2023 CORE Call. Of 188 proposals, 42 have been retained for funding, an FNR commitment of 29.05 MEUR. Of the 42 projects, 13 are CORE Junior. 12 of 42 PIs are female. In the biomedical field, three projects pertaining to research relating to the National Cancer Plan are jointly funded by FNR and Fondation Cancer. The deadline for the 2024 CORE Call is 17 April 2024, 14:00 CET.

FNR Media Training for Principal Investigators (PIs) 

Have you ever wondered about how to involve the public with your research? Would you like to improve your communication skills to talk to the media and the public? What to say during an interview to get your message across? Would you like to feel safer in front of a TV camera or when communicating on social media? Then join us for a straight-to-the-point training! 

2024 FNR Media Training for Researchers 

Have you ever wondered about how to involve the public with your research? Would you like to improve your communication skills to talk to the media and the public? What to say during an interview to get your message across? Would you like to feel safer in front of a TV camera or when communicating on social media? Then join us for a straight-to-the-point training!

La Soirée des Prix Nobel

The Institut Grand-Ducal is inviting to an evening to discover the Nobel Prizes 2023 presented by specialists working in Luxembourg and meet young researchers who have won international prizes. The event takes place on 14 December from 18:30.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Lindsay Flynn

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features FNR ATTRACT Fellow Prof Lindsay Flynn talking about housing policies. In the FNR ATTRACT-funded PROPEL project, Prof. Lindsay Flynn looks at the forces shaping patterns of inequality within and between generations in affluent democracies.

Launch of PEP-CV – A peer exchange platform for narrative-style CVs: Broadening what is recognised in research and innovation 

A coalition of funders, led by the FNR, is partnering with the Marie Curie Alumni Association and the Young Academy of Europe to create a peer exchange platform by the name of PEP-CV, to enhance researchers’ ability to present and valorise a broad range of experiences and achievements in the format of narrative-style CVs. The narrative-style CV has been mandatory in FNR funding applications since 2021.

Results 2nd Agriculture BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that 3 of 6 projects were retained for funding in the 2nd Agriculture-BRIDGES Call, an FNR commitment of 2 MEUR. Agriculture-BRIDGES is a joint call between the FNR and the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development (MAVDR) to support policy making and to help the decision-making process.

Call for Québec-Luxembourg cooperation projects 2023-2025

In 2021, Quebec and Luxembourg signed three agreements in the research and innovation sectors to forge closer links between their respective societies. A first call for projects has therefore been launched to increase exchanges between different players in civil society. Deadline to apply is 10 December 2023. Objectives The objectives of this call for projects … Continued

FNR Awards 2024: Call open!

The FNR is pleased to announce that applications for the 2024 FNR Awards are now being accepted. Deadline is 12 February 2024, 14:00 CET. Since 2009, the FNR has held the annual FNR Awards, where researchers and science communicators are recognised for outstanding efforts.

Dr Florian Kaiser awarded FNR PEARL Chair for groundbreaking quantum computing project

Dr Florian Kaiser, who leads the Quantum Materials group at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), has been awarded the FNR PEARL Chair by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) for his project focused on enhancing the performance of quantum computers. The project, named AQuaTSiC, (Advanced Quantum Technologies with Silicon Carbide) is set to receive 4 MEUR in funding for the next five years via the FNR PEARL programme, which offers competitive grants to attract leading researchers in strategic research fields to Luxembourg.

FNR ATTRACT Fellow Johannes Meiser awarded ERC Consolidator grant

Dr Johannes Meiser’s research delves into understanding how cancer spreads, offering hope for new treatments against metastatic cancer. Johannes Meiser established his research group ‘Cancer Metabolism Group’ at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) with the support of an FNR ATTRACT Fellowship and is the fourth ATTRACT Fellow to secure an ERC grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

Results 2023 RESCOM Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 16 projects have been selected for funding in the 2023 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 479,200 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes. Of the retained proposals, 8 are International Scientific Conferences and 8 are Lecture Series.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Prof Jordi Cabot

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features FNR PEARL Chair from Jordi Cabot from the Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology (LIST) talking about software engineering and chatbots.

5G BRIDGES: Launch joint call 5G Communication Technologies 2023

The Ministry of State, the Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy, the Ministry of the Economy, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and Luxinnovation have joined forces to offer companies and research institutions a new funding opportunity that supports consortia to take advantage of 5G communication technologies.

Launch 2024 RESCOM Call

Applications for the 2024 RESCOM Call are now being accepted. The 2024 deadline is 1 February, for events starting no earlier than 1 June 2024. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports the organisation of International Scientific Conferences and Lecture Series.

Results 2023-1 JUMP Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 6 of 10 proposals were accepted for funding in the 2023-1 JUMP Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.62 MEUR.

Call for applications for the first Grand Prix en Sciences Luxembourg-Lorraine

The Section des Sciences naturelles, physiques et mathématiques of the Institut Grand-Ducal de Luxembourg and the Académie Lorraine des Sciences are launching a joint call for applications for the first Grand Prix in Sciences Luxembourg-Lorraine to highlight scientific cooperation between Luxembourg and Lorraine. Deadline is 30 November 2023.

OPEN 2023 results

The FNR is pleased to communicate the results of the 2023 OPEN Call for proposals: 3 of 6 eligible projects have been retained for funding, with an FNR commitment of 1.5 MEUR.

New Mäin Element podcast episode: Constanze Weth

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast episode in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. The ‘Mäin Element’ podcast series features people in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The newest episode features Constance Weth.

FNR Awards 2023: Discover the winners: Aftermovie now available!

On Thursday, 19 October 2023, the FNR celebrated the 15th edition of the FNR Awards: In the presence of around 200 guests, four awards were presented for Outstanding PhD Thesis; Outstanding Promotion of Science to the Public; Outstanding Scientific Achievement and Outstanding Mentor. Discover the winners, the 2023 after movie, and a selection of impressions from the event.

Results 2023 AFR Bilateral call

The FNR is pleased to announce that 9 positions have been funded as part of the 2023 AFR Bilateral call, through which the FNR supports bilateral PhD and Postdoc grants for projects that take place in collaboration with NASA-AMES, Quebec, Singapore and RIKEN (Japan).

Final results 2023 AFR Individual call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 31 of 93 projects have been retained for funding in the 2023 AFR Individual PhD call, an FNR commitment of 7.37 MEUR. 24 of the projects will take place at Luxembourg host institutions, 7 abroad. 14 of the successful applicants are female, 17 are male. Domain overview

Fulbright Awards Programme open for applications

The FNR is pleased to announce that it will co-fund grants for pre- and postdoctoral research visits of Luxembourg nationals within the framework of the Fulbright awards programme. Deadline for application is 1 December 2023.

2022 Grand Prix en Sciences de l’Institut Grand Ducal / Prix Feidt goes to Ben Thuy

In cooperation with the FNR and several private sponsors, the ‘Section des Sciences Naturelles, physiques et mathématiques de l’Institut Grand-ducal’ is pleased to announce the 2022 Grand Prix en Sciences de l’Institut Grand Ducal / Prix Cactus, this year being awarded in the domain of geology, will be awarded to paleontologist Ben Thuy from the Musée national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN). The prize will be awarded at a ceremony on 18 November 2023.

SciCom Luxembourg 2023, a great success!

Last week, the FNR hosted its 5th edition of the SciCom Luxembourg event, bringing together science communicators from Luxembourg. With over 90 participants, it was a great success! The afternoon featured interactive sessions, most notably a workshop that seamlessly integrated content creation with AI capabilities. Our keynote talk, titled ‘Tactical Science Communication in an Age … Continued

Successful completion of FNR NCER-PD, launch “ParkinsonNet Luxembourg”

Luxembourg is pulling together its competences on a national scale to provide optimal care for people with neurodegenerative diseases: Following the completion of the first FNR NCER – National Centre of Excellence in Research on Parkinson’s Disease (NCER-PD) – a successful pilot project that ran over the past six years, the Réseau de compétences maladies … Continued

LuxAid BRIDGES: Launch pilot Call

Following the SEEDLING call for proposals, the FNR, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) and the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency LuxDev are joining forces to put forward a first pilot Call under the LuxAid BRIDGES programme. The aim is to support Research Luxembourg actors … Continued

Calling research facilitators: Join the RM Roadmap demo session

The RM Roadmap project co-creation process will see research managers from 40 nations across Europe discussing their countries’ current research management landscapes. Join the RM Roadmap demonstration session Monday, September 25, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST (online)

Master, PhD and Postdocs – apply now to attend the 2024 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting!

The FNR is pleased to announce the Call for talented young researchers to participate as Luxembourg delegates at the 73rd edition of the renowned Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. The meeting takes place from 30 June to 5 July 2024, and is dedicated to Physics. Deadline to apply is Friday, 20 October 2023. The meeting will see … Continued

Results first HPC-BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 4 of 7 projects were retained for funding in the first HPC-BRIDGES Call, a joint call between the FNR, the Ministry of the Economy and Luxinnovation, an FNR commitment of 1.59 MEUR. The second HPC-BRIDGES Call is now open, with deadlines of 15 November 2023 (Phase 1) and 29 February 2024 (Phase 2).

Results LuxAid BRIDGES Seedling call

10 seedling proposals have been selected for funding in the framework of first pilot LuxAid-BRIDGES call, as part of which the FNR, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) and the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency LuxDev have joined forces to support Research Luxembourg actors in initiating transdisciplinary research projects … Continued

Results 2022 PSP Flagship Call

Four of five submitted proposals were retained for funding in the 2022 PSP Flagship Call, an FNR commitment of 1.52 MEUR. Through PSP-Flagship, the FNR supports longer-term promoting science to the public projects. The next PSP-Flagship deadline is 1 March 2024, 14:00 CET.

Results 2023-1 PSP Classic Call

13 of 18 submitted proposals were recommended for funding in the 2023-1 PSP Classic Call, with one project retracted after being retained for funding. The FNR commits 265,069 EUR to 12 PSP-Classic projects. The FNR’s PSP programme provides support for promoting science to the public. Deadline for the 2023-2 Call is 20 October 2023, 14:00 … Continued

2023 INTER Mobility results

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 13 of 19 projects were retained for funding in the 2023 INTER Mobility call, an FNR commitment of 582,100 EUR. 2 projects are “in” (researchers from abroad coming to Luxembourg), and 11 are “out” (Luxembourg-based researchers going abroad).

The Science Slam Luxembourg is back – don’t miss out!

On 15 September it’s once again time for science on stage. At 7 pm in the Salle Robert Krieps in the Abbey Neimënster, young scientists from Luxembourg will compete for the favor of the audience. In 10 minutes, they will present their scientific work in an entertaining way. At the end, the audience decides which presentation was the best and is awarded the Science Slam trophy. The topics originate from the entire spectrum of Luxembourg’s research landscape: from chemistry and biology, but also from social sciences and finance.  

SciCom Luxembourg – register now!

Mark your calendars! We are thrilled to announce that the fifth edition of SciCom Luxembourg will take place on Thursday, 28 September 2023, at ChouChou Luxembourg for a day of insightful interactions and meaningful discussions. SciCom Luxembourg is an annual networking event for science communicators from Luxembourg and surroundings with the goal to keep in … Continued

Round-up funded INTER projects 2022

The FNR is pleased to communicate that in 2022, 37 projects were retained for funding across 15 INTER Calls, representing an FNR commitment of 13.7 MEUR. In the framework of the INTER programme, the FNR supports researchers in Luxembourg in international bi- and multilateral projects. The FNR also supports international collaboration via AFR Bilateral and … Continued

Launch 2024 ATTRACT Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the launch of the 2024 ATTRACT Call. Pre-proposal deadline is 15 November 2023, full proposal deadline is 8 February 2024. Through ATTRACT, the FNR offers promising junior researchers the opportunity to set up their own research team within one of the Luxembourg’s research institutions, supported by a 5-year grant … Continued

Representative FNR survey: Trust in science and research increases in Luxembourg’s population

Every two years, the FNR commissions a survey study to understand the level of notoriety and the perception of the Luxembourg research community among the general public. Discover the latest findings! The FNR has been repeating this survey at regular intervals since 2007. A statistically representative sample of the local population is asked, among other … Continued

Launch PSP Flagship Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the opening of the promoting science to the public call PSP Flagship, with a deadline of 1 March 2024, 14:00 CET. Through PSP Flagship, the FNR aims to support set up long-term science outreach activities with a sustainable and lasting impact on the promotion of science to the public … Continued

Launch Joint High Computing Call (HPC BRIDGES)

The Ministry of the Economy, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) (“granting authorities”) and Luxinnovation have again joined forces to offer companies and research institutions a funding opportunity that supports consortia to take advantage of high-performance computing (HPC) capacities in their research field.

Launch of 2024 PEARL Call

The FNR is pleased to announce the opening of the 2024 PEARL Call for proposals. PEARL projects have a lifespan of five years with a financial contribution of between 3-4 MEUR by the FNR. The financial contribution can be used flexibly to implement the research programme at the host institution. Pre-proposal deadline is 10 October … Continued

Launch 2023 PRIDE Call

The FNR is pleased to announce the opening of the 2023 PRIDE call. Through PRIDE, the FNR awards a block of PhD grants to a consortium of researchers united around a coherent research and training programme. PRIDE is open to all domains of research and technological development. Deadline (full proposal) is 8 November 2023, 14:00 … Continued

FNR Gender Equality Plan published

The FNR is pleased to communicate the publication of the FNR Gender Equality Plan: The plan aims to foster transparency, accountability, and progress towards achieving gender equity and inclusion within the Luxembourg research landscape. The FNR believes in equal opportunities for all members of the Luxembourg research community and beyond, and thus supports all activities … Continued

The FNR’s brand evolves: A fresh look that connects, inspires, and makes an impact

We are thrilled to announce the revamping of the FNR brand, symbolising our unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence in research.

Lecture Series: Interdisciplinary Science in Luxembourg

The Science Section of the Institut Grand-Ducal de Luxembourg is organising a new series of interdisciplinary science lectures in Luxembourg (Belval), with the aim to bring the dynamic research and science scene in Luxembourg closer together and expose it to a wider audience. The next lecture takes place on 11 July and features Camille Perchoux from the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER).

Catalyst Europe 2023

Catalyst Europe is a fellowship programme focused on creating impact from biomedical technology research. The programme supports talented researchers, clinicians and professionals working in healthcare organisations to identify and evaluate unmet medical needs, build multi-professional teams to design solutions, and plan research projects that show strong potential for healthcare impact, in collaboration with industry, clinical settings and academia. The programme runs from September 2023 until March 2024, register by 16 July!

Promotion of research wins big at 2023 Luxembourg Design Awards

No less than four efforts for the promotion of research were recognised at the 2023 Luxembourg Design Awards: Three projects from the University of Luxembourg’s C²DH received a total of four prizes, while the FNR’s 2021 Digital Annual Report, for which the FNR worked with agency Lola was also recognised. The design (StudioPolenta) created for … Continued

INTERnational cooperation: 1st Green Era Hub Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the Green ERA-Hub (GEH) Call is now open. The Green ERA-Hub (GEH) officially started in September 2022 as a Coordination and Support Action of the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme. The objective of this call will be to support projects that contribute to the development of more sustainable and resilient food and farming systems. Deadline is 20 July (pre-proposals) and 7 September (full proposals).

FNR PEARL Chair awarded to Prof Jordi Cabot for first intelligent low-code platform for smart software

Prof Jordi Cabot, who leads the Software Engineering RDI unit at LIST, has been awarded an FNR PEARL Chair endowed with 3 MEUR to set up and coordinate the BESSER (BEtter Smart Software fastER) project in collaboration with SnT (the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust). The BESSER (BEtter Smart Software fastER) research project is aimed at empowering both developers and non-technical individuals to leverage AI advancements and low- code/no-code techniques to boost the development of complex software.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Dr Sophie Pilleron

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features FNR ATTRACT Fellow Dr Sophie Pilleron from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) speaking about cancer in older adults.

INTERnational cooperation: TRANSCAN JTC 2023 Call

As a TRANSCAN-3 partner, the FNR is pleased to share the announcement for the launch of the Joint Transnational Call (JTC 2023) on the topic: “Translational research on cancer epigenetics”. The FNR supports this call with 350,000 EUR as part of the INTER programme to foster international cooperation. The Call has a pre-proposal deadline of 21 July and a full proposal deadline of 15 December 2023.

Research conduct and integrity – conference of the PRIDE network (4-5 May 2023)

A delegation from the University of Luxembourg (UL) and the FNR participated at the 2023 Annual Conference of the PRIDE network (Professionals in Doctoral Education) at the University of Porto. This network, founded in 2017, brings together academics and administrative staff active in all fields of doctoral education, from 15 different countries. 

FNR NCER Programme: Clinnova to launch precision medicine initiative across Europe

On 27 April, Clinnova, an international project involving clinicians and researchers from Luxembourg, France, Germany and Switzerland was officially launched at a kick-off ceremony attended by the Ministers of Higher Education & Research and Health.

2022-2 INTER Mobility Call results

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 7 of 14 projects were retained for funding in the 2022-2 INTER Mobility call, an FNR commitment of 712,200 EUR. 3 projects are “in” (researchers from abroad coming to Luxembourg), and 4 are “out” (Luxembourg-based researchers going abroad). The aim of the INTER mobility programme is to promote … Continued

LuxAid BRIDGES: Call for research projects in the field of international development cooperation

The FNR and the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs have joined forces to support research projects in the field of international development cooperation and announce the launch of the “SEEDLING” call for projects in the framework of the new funding instrument “LuxAid BRIDGES”. The call is structured in two phases: a pre-call open until 10 May 2023 followed by a full call which will open in autumn 2023.

New FNR Science Challenge Show: Take Off

The FNR is proud to announce its new show ‘Take Off’! The science game challenge show will have 13 episodes, in which 12 resourceful youngsters face tricky science challenges.

Narrative CV: Implementation and feedback results – 2023 report

In 2021, the FNR introduced a narrative-style CV template as a requirement for applicants to all funding schemes. A feedback survey was launched simultaneously to gather feedback on the new CV, from applicants, panel members and reviewers. Following the 2022 report about implementation & feedback, the 2023 report is now available.

Dr Alexandru-Adrian Tantar (LIST) – New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features Dr. Alexandru-Adrian Tantar from LIST share his opinion about whether AI can be trustworthy.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Stefano Pozzi Mucelli (Luxinnovation) & Alberto Noronha (NIUM)

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features Stefano Pozzi Mucelli (Luxinnovation), talking about Horizon Europe, and Alberto Noronha, CEO of NIUM, talks about starting a spin-off.

Public conference: “Megatrends – Shaping the future with scientific foresight”

Science meets Politics: The conference “Megatrends – Shaping the future with scientific foresight” offers the opportunity for politics, science and society to think together about the important global trends that affect us all. Organised by the Scientific Service of the Luxembourg Parliament (Chambre des Députés) and the FNR, the conference takes place on 4 and 5 May at the Cercle Cité in Luxembourg City. Topics will include: Does digitalisation unite or divide our society? What challenges and opportunities does demographic change bring? What are the global and regional consequences of climate change, for Luxembourg, for Europe, for the world?

FNR NCER programme: Launch of National Centre of Excellence in Financial Technologies (NCER-FT)

On 29 March 2023, the University of Luxembourg inaugurated the National Centre of Excellence in Financial Technologies (NCER-FT), with significant co-funding from the FNR and support from the ministries of Higher Education & Research, and Finance. The NCER-FT is an interdisciplinary initiative that focuses on the financial industry’s technological challenges and opportunities.

LuxAid BRIDGES: Call for research projects in the field of international development cooperation

The FNR and the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs have joined forces to support research projects in the field of international development cooperation and announce the launch of the “SEEDLING” call for projects in the framework of the new funding instrument “LuxAid BRIDGES”. The call is structured in two phases: a pre-call open until 10 May 2023 followed by a full call which will open in autumn 2023.

Results 2022-2 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 6 of 14 projects were retained for funding in the 2022-2 BRIDGES Call. One project is a drop-out, therefore the FNR commits 1.67 MEUR to a total of 5 projects in this call. The FNR’s BRIDGES programme provides financial support for industry partnerships between public research institutions in Luxembourg and national or international companies.

Research Luxembourg COVID-19 Task Force awarded the 2022 Science for Society Prize

The 2022 Science for Society Prize, an initiative of the Science for Society Foundation, under the aegis of Fondation de Luxembourg and with support from the FNR, has been awarded to the Research Luxembourg COVID-19 Task Force, represented by Prof. Paul Wilmes from the University of Luxembourg.

FNR Webinar on 31 March: Important policy updates on Open Access for publications

The FNR is pleased to invite you to an informative webinar on 31 March 2023, about policy updates concerning Open Access for publications.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Markus Ollert

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features Prof Markus Ollert from the Luxembourg Institute Health (LIH) speaking about allergies and our immune system.

FNR training for researchers: how to present scientific evidence to politicians

How to present scientific evidence to politicians: The FNR’s training for researchers takes place on the 19 and 20 of April 2023.  *Registration now closed*

International cooperation: M-ERA.NET 2023 Call

The FNR is pleased to announce its participation in the M-ERA.NET Call 2023, open as of 1 March. Pre-proposal deadline is 16 May, full proposal deadline is 21 November 2023.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Carole Blond-Hanten

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features Carole Blond Hanten from the Luxembourg Institute of Socio Economic Research (LISER) speaking about tackling stereotypes at a young age through the Gender Game.

Pairing scheme 2023: MPs visit Belval

Fernand Etgen, President of the Chambre des Députés Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, and several MPs visited Belval on Friday, 21 February as part of the third edition of the FNR Pairing Scheme. Aim of the Pairing Scheme is to strengthen the links between the political and scientific worlds.

New ‘Mäin Element’ podcast episode: Ben Thuy

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast episode in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. The ‘Mäin Element’ podcast series features people in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The 17th episode features paleontologist Ben Thuy.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Emmanuel Defay

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features Emmanuel Defay from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) speaking about nanotechnology.

Launch 2023 Industrial Fellowships Call

The 2023 Industrial Fellowships call is now open, with a deadline of 21 April 2023, 14:00 CET. Please note there is only one Industrial Fellowships call in 2023.

Be Brave: Women [& Girls] in Science video series: Research Luxembourg team players & MEGA return with second season

To showcase the many paths of women in science in Luxembourg, and to inspire young girls to pursue their passion for science, the institutions that form Research Luxembourg have joined forces again for the second season of the video series “Women [& Girls] in Science”, in collaboration with MEGA, the Ministry for Equality in Luxembourg. The series launches on 11 February – International Day of Women & Girls in Science – and runs until 8 March – International Women’s Day.

Narrative CV – 2023 workshop

The FNR would like to thank everyone who participated in the Narrative CV workshop on February 9th. For those who could not attend, or anyone who would like further support for preparing a narrative-style CV, the workshop slides and pre-workshop survey results are available on the website. In addition, the participants created a resource during the workshop outlining a broader range of outputs and achievements that could be highlighted on a narrative-style CV. Information from the workshop is now available.

2023 Grand Prix en Sciences de l’Institut Grand Ducal – Prix en Sciences Biologiques/Prix Cactus

In cooperation with the FNR and several private sponsors, the ‘Section des Sciences Naturelles, physiques et mathématiques de l’Institut Grand-ducal’ is now accepting applications for the 2023 Grand Prix en Sciences de l’Institut Grand Ducal / Prix Cactus, this year being awarded in the domain of biology. Deadline to apply is Friday, 31 March 2023.

[Final] Results 2022 CORE Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the final results of the 2022 CORE Call. Out of 174 eligible proposals submitted in the Call, a total of 48 research projects have been retained for funding, representing a financial commitment of around 32.5 MEUR.

INTER Mobility 2023 Call documents now available

The Call documents for the 2023 INTER Mobility Call are now available. Please note, there will only be one INTER Mobility Call in 2023, with a deadline of 1 April (or first working day thereafter), 14:00 CET.

Webinar: FNR Reporting is evolving in 2023!

Starting in 2023, the FNR shifts to a new reporting process, the goal of reducing the burden of reporting for all sides, allowing space for a broader range of research outputs to be recognised, and building trust with everyone in the research and science communication ecosystem. This new reporting process was built through an inclusive process with the research institutions, with useful feedback on both our current processes as well as potential improvements received from researchers and administrative staff with reporting experience. The slides from the webinar on 1 February are now available!

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Gilbert Fridgen

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features FNR Paypal-PEARL Chair Prof Gilbert Friedgen (SnT University of Luxembourg), speaking about blockchain.

JUMP 2023 initiation & networking event

Did you have a JUMP project accepted in 2022? Join ‘JUMP IN’, a JUMP Initiation and Networking event that serves as a forum for those whose JUMP projects were accepted in 2022. Meet fellow JUMP grantees and listen to some of inspiring stories! The event takes place on 28 February 2023 at the University of Luxembourg Incubator.

FNR’s National Centres of Excellence in Research (NCER) funding programme officially presented

On 24 January 2023, the FNR and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research officially presented the FNR funding instrument NCER – National Centres of Excellence in Research. Integrating the experiences of NCER-PD, the NCER pilot launched in 2015 in the area of Parkinson’s Disease. Two new NCER’s that will officially be launched in March 2023 were also outlined.  

“The Sound of Data” closing event… epic, sonic, and immersive

The closing event of the Esch2022 project “The sound of data – Science meets music” attracted some 600 visitors at Belval’s Rockhal on 3 December. Throughout 2022, scientists and musicians had worked together to create story-telling music using scientific and statistical data.

Anouk Hilger appointed Vice Chair of FNR Board

Anouk Hilger, a member of the FNR Board for some years, has been appointed to Vice Chair of the FNR Board, following the departure of former Vice Chair Thierry Wolter, who served on the Board of the FNR for a number of years.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Christophe Ley

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features guest Prof Christophe Ley (University of Luxembourg), speaking about his interdisciplinary research work dealing with statistics, data science and sports.

Results 2022-2 PSP-Classic Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 9 projects have been retained for funding in the 2022-2 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 198,901 EUR.

2022-2 RESCOM Call Results

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 12 of 14 projects have been selected for funding in the 2022-2 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 354,700 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

Results 2022-2 INTER Mobility Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that 7 INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2022-2 Call, an FNR commitment of 712,000 EUR.

Results 2022-2 JUMP Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 7 of 11 eligible Proof of Concept projects have been accepted in the 2022-2 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 1.98 MEUR. 

New ‘Mäin Element’ podcast episode: Sébastien Faye

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast episode in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. The ‘Mäin Element’ podcast series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The 16th episode features Sébastien Faye.

MECO-FNR-Luxinnovation second joint Healthtech Call

The second call for projects in the field of health technologies, launched by the Ministry of the Economy, jointly with the FNR and supported by Luxinnovation has been presented. Submissions are possible from 1 February with a project outline deadline of 31 March 2023, 14:00 CET. 

PSP-Classic: Launch of 2023-1 Call

The FNR is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023-1 PSP-Classic Call for proposals. Deadline is 1 March 2023, 14:00 CET.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Dr. Inna Ganschow

The newest episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features guest Dr. Inna Ganschow (C2DH. University of Luxembourg), speaking about the Luxembourg Ukrainian Researcher Network (LURN) and her current research on Soviet forced labourers and prisoners of war.

2023 FNR Calls flyer now available!

Download the 2023 calls overview as an A5 flyer with short descriptions or A3 poster with deadlines only.

Launch of 2023 CORE Call

The FNR hereby launches the 2023 CORE Call for proposals. Deadline for submission is 20 April 2023, 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 research priorities.

FNR & Lëtzebuerger Journal podcast series ‘Mäin Element’ awarded at RTL Podcast Awards

The podcast series ‘Mäin Element’, a collaboration between FNR and Lëtzebuerger Journal has been awarded Gold in the category Corporate Podcast at the inaugural RTL Podcast Awards. The series, which has aired 15 episodes so far, features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science.

FNR PEARL Chair on Alzheimer’s disease for Prof Michael Heneka

The FNR has awarded an FNR PEARL Chair to the director of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg for a research project focusing on Alzheimer’s disease. Endowed with 3.9 MEUR, this new project aims to bridge from fundamental research to clinical applications for diagnostics and therapy, contributing to improving care for dementia patients in Luxembourg and beyond.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode: Dr Robin White

The fourth episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features guest Dr. Robin White, a hydrogen researcher from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

New ‘Mäin Element’ podcast episode: Leslie Ogorzaly

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast episode in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. The ‘Mäin Element’ podcast series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The 15th episode features virologist Leslie Ogorzaly.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode – Christoph Purschke

The fourth episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series features guest Christoph Purschke (University of Luxembourg), talking about computational linguistics and researching the Luxembourgish language.

Second joint FNR-MAVDR Call on Sustainable & Resilient Agriculture & Food Systems – survey

In the framework of the second joint FNR-MAVDR call on Sustainable & Resilient Agriculture & Food Systems FNR-MAVDR, a matchmaking event will take place on Thursday, 10 November, 15:00 – 18:00 at the Lycée Technique Agricole in Gilsdorf (1, 9374 Kréiwénkel). Registration is now closed.

letzSCIENCE is back: Discover Luxembourg research in augmented reality!

To raise awareness of FNR-supported research in Luxembourg, the FNR returns with letzSCIENCE, the app where Luxembourg research topics can be discovered in augmented reality! The app now features 8 different AR experiences, each on a different topic. Get the free letzSCIENCE AR app now and start discovering science in augmented reality.

Launch 3rd edition of Pairing Scheme – Politics meets Research

The FNR, in cooperation with the Parliament of Luxembourg, is organising the third edition of the exchange programme “Pairing Scheme”, where researchers and members of the Parliament of Luxembourg meet in their respective working environments, between November 2022 and May 2023. If you are a Principal Investigator and want to take part in this exceptional experience, respond to our call for participation by Thursday, 15 September 2022, 10:00. Registration is now closed.

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode – Ibrahim Boussaad

The third episode in the SciLux-Research Luxembourg-RTL Today series focusses on Parkinson’s disease thanks to an d features guest Ibrahim Boussaad from LCSB at the University of Luxembourg, who recently won an FNR Award together with Rejko Krüger.

Final event: The Sound of Data – Science meets Music

Do you want to hear what scientific data sounds like? Eager to discover the fascinating links between science and music? Then Rockhal on Saturday, 3 December, is the place to be for the final event of the Esch2022 project “The Sound of Data – Science meets Music”.
For the Sound of Data project, Luxembourg researchers collected scientific data, which was then used by local and international musicians and composers to produce music during an artist residency under the supervision of Valery Vermeulen. You can discover the outcome of this creative and innovative process and see the musicians perform live on stage on December 3, along with Valery Vermeulen and headliner Max Cooper, a leading figure in electronica, who will present his new album in an immersive live show!

Results 2022 OPEN Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the results of the 2022 OPEN Call for proposals: 3 of 6 eligible projects have been retained for funding, an FNR commitment of 1.5 MEUR. 1 additional project is on the reserve list.

Researchers’ Days 2022 – science at your fingertips!

The FNR is happy to be able to host the 2022 Researchers’ Days after the 2020 edition had to be cancelled. As with the previous editions, the 2022 edition takes place in the Rockhal in Esch/Belval on Friday, 25 November (school & uni students only) and on Saturday, 26 November (10 – 19h – open for everyone). Come discover dozens of workshops and science cafés!

New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast episode – Camille Perchoux

Research Luxembourg team players, RTL Today and SciLux have teamed up to launch a new series of podcasts showcasing science in Luxembourg and beyond. With a new episode every 2 weeks published on RTL Play, ‘SciLux powered by Research Luxembourg’ will showcase research activities and scientific cooperation in the Grand Duchy. The second episode focusses on urban health and stress research with guest Dr. Camille Perchoux from Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER).

FNR Awards 2022 – discover the winners!

On Thursday, 20 October, the FNR held the 14th edition of the FNR Awards: 6 researchers/research groups were awarded for their outstanding efforts, across four categories. Discover the winners, photos, videos and the shortlist series ‘Science in Colours’!

New ‘Mäin Element’ podcast episode: Claudine Backes

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast episode in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. The ‘Mäin Element’ podcast series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The 14th episode features epidemiologist Claudine Backes.

Listen to research made in Luxembourg: New Research Luxembourg-RTL Today-SciLux podcast partnership

Research Luxembourg team players, RTL Today and SciLux have teamed up to launch a new series of podcasts showcasing science in Luxembourg and beyond. With a new episode every 2 weeks published on RTL Play, ‘SciLux powered by Research Luxembourg’ will showcase research activities and scientific cooperation in the Grand Duchy. The first episode features FNR PEARL Chair Dr Kathryn Hadler from the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC). 

FNR communication and science outreach recognised at Leo Awards

The FNR is proud to share that two FNR communication / science outreach activities were recognised at the 2022 Leo Awards (formerly Media Awards) on 6 October 2022: House of Frankenstein, the 2019 event to celebrate the FNR’s 20 years won Gold (1st place) in the Event/Live Experience category, while the video campaign ‘Look Closer’ took home silver (2nd place) in the category Non-profit Campaign.

Final results AFR Call 2022

The FNR is pleased to communicate the final results of the AFR 2022 Call: The five projects on the reserve list are now funded. There have also been two dropouts. Of the 87 eligible proposals submitted, 29 are funded, representing an FNR commitment of over 5 MEUR. 

In memoriam: Raymond Bausch, former Secretary General of the FNR

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Raymond Bausch (1962 – 2022). Raymond Bausch was the first Secretary General of the FNR and held this position from the creation of the FNR in 1999 until 2010. His actions allowed the FNR to develop, grow and lay the foundations for making it one of the most important players in Luxembourg research. 

2021 FNR Annual Report now available!

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has published its annual report for 2021, marked by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but which also saw the funding of 226 research projects for a committed amount of 74.08 million euros. In 2021, the FNR also developed its Strategy and Action Plan for the years 2022-25. Discover the 2021 FNR Annual Report now!

Esch2022 | Sound of Data | Conference ‘If Data could talk…’

The Sound of Data Collective  (an Esch2022 project) has teamed up with Luxembourg’s National Institute of statistics and economic studies (STATEC) to organise a conference on 13 October 2022 where experts and practitioners will discuss the challenges and opportunities around innovation in data modelling and popularisation, data journalism and data-driven communication. And in this context investigate what data sonification and data visualisation can bring to the table. 

Dr Sophie Pilleron awarded FNR ATTRACT Fellowship

Dr Sophie Pilleron, cancer epidemiologist, has been awarded a 2-MEUR FNR ATTRACT Fellowship, based at the Luxembourg Institute of Health’s (LIH) Department of Precision Health, for a project focussing on cancer in older people. Dr Pilleron will embark on her ATTRACT Fellowship in early 2023.

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Raphaël Kies

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The 13th episode features social scientist Raphaël Kies.

Launch of 2023 ATTRACT Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the launch of the 2023 ATTRACT Call. Pre-proposal deadline is 15 November 2022, 14:00 CET, full proposal deadline is 21 February 2022. The ATTRACT programme offers promising junior researchers from abroad up to 2 MEUR of funding over five years to set up their own research group in Luxembourg.

Results AFR Bilateral 2022

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 9 projects have been retained for funding in the 2022 AFR Bilateral Call, an FNR commitment of 1.7 MEUR. Two projects are on the reserve list.

BRIDGES & Industrial Fellowships open for proposals

The innovation programmes BRIDGES and Industrial Fellowships are now open for proposals. Deadline for submission is 6 October 2022, 14:00 CET.

Results 2022-1 JUMP Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 3 of 4 eligible Proof of Concept projects have been accepted in the 2022-1 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 686,000 EUR. The next JUMP deadline is 30 September 2022.

JUMP: 2022-2 Call open

The JUMP programme is now open for proposals. Deadline for the 2022-2 Call is 30 September 2022, 14:00 CET.

Second joint FNR-MAVDR Call on Sustainable & Resilient Agriculture & Food Systems

Following a pilot call in 2021, the FNR and the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development (MAVDR) are again joining forces to put forward a 2nd call for proposals to support policy making and to help the decision-making process. The Call deadline is 27 February 2023.

Results Industrial Fellowship 2022-1 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 7 of 11 Industrial Fellowship projects (6 PhD, 1 Postdoc) have been selected for funding in the 2022-1 Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.35 MEUR. 

Results 2022-1 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 8 of 13 eligible projects have been retained for funding in the 2022-1 BRIDGES Call, representing an FNR commitment of 2.2 MEUR.

Launch of the first pilot call for projects in the field of High-Performance Computing

The Ministry of the Economy has announced the launch of a pilot of a new joint call for projects, in partnership with the FNR and Luxinnovation, in the field of high-performance computing. It is open to companies and research institutions that want to take advantage of high-performance computing (HPC) capacities in their research field. Like the previous joint calls, launched in the fields of health technologies and defense, the call is aimed at encouraging close and interactive collaboration between private companies and public research institutes (PPP – public-private partnerships) to carry out innovative research projects on HPC infrastructures.

International cooperation: 70 New COST Actions

COST’s governing board, the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), have confirmed the funding of 70 new COST Actions, that will officially start in Autumn 2022. COST Actions are networks of researchers all over Europe and abroad and Luxembourg researchers are strongly encouraged to participate, especially early-career researchers. 

FNR ATTRACT Fellow Thomas Cauvin appointed to Head of Department at C2DH

Associate Prof Dr Thomas Cauvin has been appointed to Head of the Department of Public History at University of Luxembourg’s Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH). Prof Dr Cauvin joined the C2DH in 2020 in the framework of his 2 MEUR FNR ATTRACT Fellowship.

2022 FNR Science Image Competition – discover the awarded images!

The FNR is pleased to announce the ‘awarded’ and ‘distinction’ images of the 2022 FNR Science Image Competition, including the first ever ‘Prix du Public’! The FNR Science Image Competition has multiple aims: to show the growing role of images in scientific research, to reveal how scientific work is conducted, to give a face to the researchers conducting it and to present various ways to engage the public with science. Discover the exhibition at Luxembourg Science Center until late September 2022 and in Luxembourg City until the end of the year!

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Guy Fagherazzi

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The 12th episode features epidemiologist Guy Fagherazzi.

INTERnational cooperation: Results 2021 AUDACE Call & upcoming webinars

The FNR is pleased to announce that 4 INTER projects have been retained for funding in the AUDACE Call with Quebec FRQ, with an FNR contribution of 100,000 EUR. Webinars for the 2022 Call will take place in late July and mid-August.

PSP-Flagship: Launch of 2022 Call

The FNR is pleased to announce the fourth Call for the PSP-Flagship scheme, a strand of the Promoting Science to the Public (PSP) programme, specifically aimed at supporting long-term science outreach activities with lasting impact. Deadline for applications is Thursday, 20 September 2022, 14:00 CET. Interested institutions are invited to contact the FNR well before the submission deadline to discuss their proposal idea and verify that they are eligible for the scheme. 

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Bianca Nalbandian

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The 11th episode features law expert Bianca Nalbandian.

International cooperation: Round-up of 2021 retained INTER projects

In 2021, the FNR committed 12.1 MEUR of funding to 31 bi- and multilateral projects across 15 Calls via its INTER scheme to foster international cooperation. 

First project funded in joint FNR-Ministry of Agriculture Call

In June 2021, the FNR and the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture (MAVDR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), announcing the launch of a joint Call on “Sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems”. Following the Call for proposals, 1 of 8 projects has been retained for funding. The funded project aims to support farmers and policy makers through a smart-cropping management solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect soil carbon. 

Science meets music – impressions from launch event

On Sunday, 1 May, the “Science Meets Music” – the launch event of the Esch22 Sound of Data project – took place, featuring interactive workshops for adults and children, a cyborg that can hear colours, a musician who converts data into a music and more. 

Temporary FNR support for Researchers who have fled the war in Ukraine

This measure serves to provide support for researchers who have fled the war in Ukraine. These persons should be employed at Luxembourg public research institutions in ongoing FNR projects for a maximum of 6 months based on requests for additional funding. Requests for additional funding are accepted continuously until 28 November 2022.

Results 2022-1 PSP-Classic Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 9 projects have been retained for funding in the 2022-1 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 203,802 EUR.

RESCOM: Launch of Call 2022-2

The FNR is pleased to announce the 2022-2 RESCOM Call for proposals. Deadline to submit proposals is 30 June 2022, 14:00 CET.

2022-1 RESCOM Results

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 5 projects have been selected for funding in the 2022-1 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 141,200 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

Results 2022-1 INTER Mobility Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that 5 INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2022-1 Call, an FNR commitment of 433,000 EUR.

NASA scientist Dr Hannah Rana from Luxembourg named in Forbes “30 Under 30”

Dr Hannah Rana has been named by Forbes on the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in the Science and Healthcare category. This year, the lists received tens of thousands of nominations and were carefully reviewed by an international judging panel of experts. Hannah, a space cryogenics researcher, has been selected amongst the final 30 to be awarded in the Science and Healthcare category. The young scientist has also been awarded a prestigious Schmidt Science Fellowship.

2021 Narrative CV Workshop – slides available

Following the FNR’s online workshop on the ‘Narrative-style CV’ implemented by the FNR in 2021, the information presented and gathered at the workshop is now available.

Spotlight on Young Researchers: 100th feature published

100 features have now been published in the ongoing FNR article series Spotlight On Young Researchers. Launched in 2016, the series highlights early career researchers in Luxembourg and Luxembourgish researchers abroad. Of the 121 researchers featured, 61 were female and 60 were male. The series has covered over 85 research topics. 

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Hugo Parlier

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The ninth episode features maths professor Hugo Parlier.

FNR website update: Help us tailor it to your needs! 

The layout of the FNR’s website fnr.lu is now 6 years old – time for an update. In order to improve the website in line with your needs, help us by taking our anonymous 5-minute survey to help us understand why and how you use our website, and let us know what you feel might be missing. 

Esch 2022 the Sound of Data: Data Collection – when science morphs into music

When Science morphs into Music: As part of the Esch2022 project “The Sound of Data”, various sets of data collected by scientists are being transformed into music. Discover the researchers of the University of Luxembourg and of LIST, who collected the data for this project, and learn more about both their data sets and their motivation.

Results fourth PRIDE Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 6 of 9 full proposals for Doctoral Training Units (DTU) in the 2021 PRIDE Call have been retained for funding, corresponding to 71 PhD grants, an FNR commitment of 14.7 MEUR.

2022 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting – three young scientists from Luxembourg selected to attend

The FNR is pleased to announce that three young promising researchers from Luxembourg are among the 600 young scientists selected by the Lindau Selection Committee to attend the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The 2022 Meeting, dedicated to chemistry, takes place from 26 June – 1 July in Lindau, Germany.

MECO-FNR-Luxinnovation: Results of the first joint call for projects on health technologies

Four of eight projects submitted have been retained for funding following the first Joint Call for HealthTech projects launched in April 2021. The overall contribution of the FNR is 2.8 MEUR and that of the Ministry of the Economy 1.75 MEUR. The remaining costs are covered by the companies’ or research organisations’ own funds.

Science meets Music event: 1 May @Rockhal

Join us on Sunday 1 May 2022 from 14h00-19h30 at Rockhal for the “Science meets Music” event. This is the official launch event of the Esch2022 project “The Sound of Data – science meets music”, which is a collaboration between Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Centre de Musiques Amplifiées Rockhal, University of Luxembourg and Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). The project aims to create bridges between the worlds of science, technology, music and art.

Job opening at LARI: Support Manager

Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity (LARI) is looking for a Support Manager to provide technical and administrative support to LARI, its Board and Secretary General, as well as the Commission for Research Integrity. 1 year fixed-term contract, 20 hours/week. Deadline to apply: 30 April 2022.

FNR in Marie Curie research project on the impact of crowd knowledge on science 

Cindy Lopes-Bento, the FNR’s Head of Science of Science and Professor at the University of Leuven, has secured a prestigious Marie Curie grant for the project “Engaging the citizen. The impact of crowd knowledge on science”, set to launch in Spring 2022, in collaboration with members of the FNR’s Science in Society team. 

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Anne-Catherine Guio

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The eighth episode features child poverty researcher Anne-Catherien Guio.

The Sound of Data: Creative musicians wanted for a special project

Ever tried to make music out of traffic data? If not, now is your chance! Including a live performance at the Rockhal. The FNR & partners in The Sound of Data are launching an artist-in-residency programme at the Rocklab of the Escher Rockhal. Deadline to apply is 6 May 2022.

2021 Science for Society Prize: Empowering Evidence-Informed Public Debates

On Tuesday, 8 March, the inaugural edition of the annual Science for Society Prize came to a close at a ceremony celebrating this year’s laureate, the Luxembourg Science Center. The recently created Prize is an initiative of the Science for Society Foundation – under the aegis of Fondation de Luxembourg, and organised with the FNR – that rewards effective communication of credible scientific information to the general public.

FNR statement on Ukraine – update

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has joined other European Research organizations associated within Science Europe to condemn the Russian aggression and occupation of Ukraine and to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine as well as with Russian scientists and science journalists that openly speak out against the invasion.

Explore. Inspire. Fascinate: FNR Science Image Competition 2022 – submit your images! Deadline extended

Deadline to submit has been extended to Sunday, 13 March.

Spotlight on Science: A Web Video Hackathon for students, researchers and science communicators

You have a passion for science and a knack for communication? You want to combine the two, but are not sure where to start? Then join us for a thrilling two-day hackathon on how to produce your own science web video! Organised by the Fast Forward Science contest in cooperation with the FNR, this workshop provides you with all the insights and tools you need to produce your own science web video. Get together, create and communicate your research visually!

“Ziel mir keng!”: New format in FNR collaboration with RTL

In the framework of the FNR’s collaboration with RTL in the PISA science show on TV, the FNR has developed a new format: the science.lu check “Ziel mir keng!”. In each episode, members of the science.lu team answer one main question on a particular topic, while giving background information about the scientific method and explaining the current status of scientific evidence around the topic.

THE SOUND OF DATA – Science meets Music – Esch2022 project

A joint project of FNR, Rockhal, LIST and University of Luxembourg transforms scientific data into music in an innovative and experimental approach with the help of data sonification. The aim of the Esch2022 project is to bring the worlds of music and science together at Belval.

Dr Aurélia Chenu awarded FNR ATTRACT Fellowship

Aurélia Chenu, who joined the University of Luxembourg in January 2021, recently was awarded a ATTRACT fellowship from the FNR to create her own group in quantum physics. She is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Materials Science and leads the group on quantum dynamics and control. The ATTRACT grant is doted with 2 MEUR over five years.

Dr Alexandros Gerakis awarded FNR ATTRACT Fellowship

The FNR has awarded a FNR ATTRACT Fellowship to Dr Alexandros Gerakis for an innovative laser technology project at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). Dr Gerakis’ ATTRACT grant is doted with 2 MEUR over five years.

Narrative CV: Implementation and feedback results

In 2021, the FNR introduced a narrative-style CV template as a requirement for applicants to all funding schemes. A feedback survey was launched simultaneously to gather feedback on the new CV, from applicants, panel members and reviewers. The report is now available.

Be brave – women in science: Research Luxembourg team players launch video series in collaboration with the Ministry for Equality (MEGA) in Luxembourg

To showcase the many paths of women in science in Luxembourg, and to inspire young girls to pursue their passion for science, the institutions that form Research Luxembourg are launching a video series, in collaboration with MEGA, the Ministry for Equality in Luxembourg. The videos are produced by FNR.

Results 2021-2 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 8 of 15 eligible projects have been retained for funding in the 2021-2 BRIDGES Call, representing an FNR commitment of 2.57 MEUR.

Results Industrial Fellowship 2021-2 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 6 of 9 Industrial Fellowship projects have been selected for funding in the 2021-2 Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.27 MEUR. 

International cooperation: PRIMA 2022 call

PRIMA, the Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area has launched its 2022 transnational Call for pre-proposals to 22 March 2022, 17:00 CET. 

Dr Kathryn Hadler nominated as Director of ESRIC, backed by FNR PEARL Chair

Backed by a PEARL Chair from the FNR with an endowment of 3.7 MEUR over five years, Dr Kathryn Hadler, an internationally renowned scientist in mineral processing and beneficiation, has been appointed Director of the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) as of 1 April 2022. Dr Hadler will join ESRIC to lead the further development of the Centre, advancing scientific discovery and technology development in In situ Resources Utilisation (ISRU) and asserting ESRIC and Luxembourg’s position in space resources.

Save the date: RESCOM & INTER Mobility – Only 1 Call in 2023

The Calls for the FNR funding instruments RESCOM: Scientific Events and INTER Mobility will only have one Call in 2023. Call launch is foreseen in January 2023. The 2023 Call documents are now available!

Creating value for society: The FNR’s strategy and action plan 2022-2025

Esch-sur-Alzette, 14 January 2022 – The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) yesterday signed its multi-annual agreement[1] with the Government for the period 2022-2025. For the implementation of the activities covered by this agreement, the Government authorises the FNR[2] to make commitments up to an overall ceiling of 445 MEUR over the next four years.

Final results 2021 CORE Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the final results of the 2021 CORE Call. Out of 157 proposals submitted in the 2021 CORE Call, a total of 51 research projects have been retained for funding, representing a financial commitment of 31,4 MEUR.

Results 2021-2 PSP-Classic Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 5 of 5 projects have been retained for funding in the 2021-2 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 105,657 EUR.

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Habiba Abubaker

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The seventh episode features law expert Habiba Abubaker.

AFR 2022 Call for proposals (individual, bilateral, NASA-AMES)

The FNR is pleased to announce the 2022 AFR Individual and bilateral Call for proposals. Deadlines for all AFR strands are in March 2022.

Launch of OPEN 2022 Call

The FNR is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 OPEN Call for proposals. Deadline for submission is 21 April 2022, 14:00 CET. The OPEN 2022 call is linked to the revised National Research Priorities for Luxembourg.

Boosters and vaccinating children: What is the point of view in Luxembourg?

How many vaccinated people in Luxembourg want to get a booster? How many parents want to have their children vaccinated? Answers to these and other questions on the topic of vaccination are provided by a current representative survey conducted by FNR/science.lu in cooperation with researchers from Luxembourg.

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Prof Phillip Dale

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The sixth episode features photovoltaics researcher Prof Phillip Dale.

Dr César Pascual García appointed to European Innovation Council Ambassador

Nanotechnology scientist Dr César Pascual García, who joined the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in 2013 supported by an FNR ATTRACT Fellowship, has been appointed to EIC Ambassador by the European Innovation Council (EIC), helping to put Luxembourg on the map regarding European research projects.

Results 2021 JUMP21 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 12 of 15 eligible Proof of Concept projects have been accepted in the 2021 JUMP21 Call, an FNR commitment of 3 MEUR.

Science Europe statement on Research Culture

On 25 November 2021, Science Europe released a vision for Research Culture in the European Research Area (ERA), committing to collective actions that enable a thriving research system.

Marc Schiltz elected for a third term as President of Science Europe

On 25 November 2021, Marc Schiltz, Secretary General of the FNR, was re-elected as President of the Governing Board of Science Europe, the European association of research and research funding organisations in Europe, marking the beginning of his third term in the role.

Science Europe High Level Workshop: Future of research values discussed in Luxembourg

On Wednesday 24 November 2021, the Minister for Higher Education and Research, Claude Meisch, opened a European seminar in Luxembourg-Kirchberg, attended by the heads of national research funds, representatives of national research ministries and the European Commission gathered to discuss topics such as research culture.

FNR Annual Report recognised at German Design Awards

The FNR’s 2020 Annual Report has received the ‘Gold’ distinction at the German Design Awards. The FNR worked with long-term partner lola strategy&design to make the report, which is available both as an interactive digital version as well as a traditional PDF.

‘letzSCIENCE’ shortlisted at 2021 European Excellence Awards

The FNR’s communication campaign ‘letzSCIENCE’ is shortlisted at the 2021 European Excellence Awards. The campaign centres around the letzSCIENCE AR app – a free app 100% made in Luxembourg, through which the beauty of science can be discovered in augmented reality. The campaign and app were developed with the goal to raise awareness of FNR-supported research.

Results 2021-1 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 12 of 22 eligible projects have been retained for funding in the 2021-1 BRIDGES Call, representing an FNR commitment of 3.3 MEUR.

Results 2021-1 Industrial Fellowships Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 8 of 12 Industrial Fellowship projects have been selected for funding in the 2021-1 Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.54 MEUR. 

FNR’s Mr Science awarded Lions Club Prize

On Thursday, 4 November 2021, Joseph Rodesch, aka Mr Science, was awarded the 2021 Lions Club Prize at a ceremony held in Luxembourg City. Joseph Rodesch received the prize to recognise his 10+ years of efforts to bring science closer the public as Mr Science.

2021 Science Festival

The Science Festival returns on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 November 2021, offering a range of of science shows and workshops to fascinate every curious spirit from 3-99 years old. Please note, at this year’s Science Festival prior registration is required. 

Results 2021 OPEN Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the results of the 2021 OPEN Call for proposals: 3 of 9 eligible projects have been retained for funding, an FNR commitment of 1.3 MEUR. 

RESCOM 2021-2 results

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 5 of 5 projects have been selected for funding in the 2021-2 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 117,700 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Dr Annika Lutz

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The sixth episode features eating disorder researcher Dr Annika Lutz.

Results 2021-2 INTER Mobility Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that 6 of 7 eligible INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2021-1 Call, an FNR commitment of 482,700 EUR.

The story behind the FNR Award trophy

Starting with the 2017 FNR Awards Ceremony, the FNR said goodbye to the ‘ecosphere’ trophies that were previously given out and instead chose a completely new design that embodies the history of Belval, the FNR, innovation and research in Luxembourg.

FNR Awards 2021 – discover the winners!

On Thursday, 21 October, the FNR held the 13th edition of the FNR Awards: 7 researchers/research groups were awarded for their outstanding efforts, across four categories. Discover the winners! Full coverage now available.

Results 2021 PSP-Flagship Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 4 of 5 eligible projects submitted to the  2021 PSP Flagship Call have been selected for funding, an FNR commitment of 1.67 MEUR.

Results 2021 AFR Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the final results of the AFR 2021 Call: The four projects on the waiting list have now been funded, bringing the total funded projects up to 29 of 108 eligible. This represents an FNR commitment of 5.2 MEUR. 

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Prof Djamila Aouada

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The fifth episode features deep learning researcher Prof Djamila Aouada.

New video resource for funders: ‘Balanced, broad, responsible: A practical guide for research evaluators’

The FNR and DORA have released a jointly crafted resource for research assessment: ‘Balanced, broad, responsible: A practical guide for research evaluators’ is a short, educational video that provides a ‘checklist’ of six concrete suggestions for research funders seeking to improve responsible assessment of funding applications. These recommendations have been summarised in an accompanying briefing document.

Launch of 2023 PEARL Call

The FNR is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023 PEARL Call. Pre-proposal deadline is 24 October 2022, 14:00 CET. PEARL projects have a lifespan of five years with a financial contribution of between 3-4 MEUR by the FNR. The financial contribution can be used flexibly to implement the research programme at the host institution.

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Prof Paul Wilmes

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The fourth episode features microbiology researcher Prof Dr Paul Wilmes (LCSB). Paul Wilmes … Continued

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 pandemic During 2020 and 2021, research projects have temporarily been suspended or delayed and key parts of projects may have to be postponed for a significant amount of time. Therefore, the FNR wishes to offer flexibility in the handling of grants and grant proposals for projects affected by the pandemic. *last update 8 February 2022*

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Dr Laurent Pfister

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The third episode features hydrology researcher Dr Laurent Pfister (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

New FNR PEARL Chair: Luxembourg paves the way for a new era of healthcare digitalisation

Prof Dr Klucken joins the movement to make digitalisation part of every-day patient care Digitalisation is moving forward fast in every field, including medicine. But how can digital tools be integrated into healthcare processes, and how should data be visualised to personalise patient care? These are only two of many questions that Professor Dr Jochen … Continued

FNR and Ministry of Agriculture sign MoU and launch joint Call

On 3 June 2021, the FNR and the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), announcing the launch of a joint Call on “Sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems”, which will open on 15 June 2021.

Science Europe Practical Guide to Sustainable Research Data

Science Europe has published a Practical Guide to Sustainable Research Data, which provides guidance on how to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of research data.

New podcast in collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal: Prof Stéphane Bordas

The FNR is pleased to share the newest podcast in the collaboration with Lëtzebuerger Journal. Titled ‘Mäin Element’, the series features researchers in Luxembourg talking about their lives and their passion for science, showing a glimpse of the people behind the science. The second episode features Computational Mechanics researcher Prof Stéphane Bordas (University of Luxembourg).

2020 Annual Report: The FNR – a key player in the Luxembourg public research ecosystem

The FNR has published its annual report for 2020, a year which was obviously marked by the COVID-19 crisis, but which also saw the funding of 299 research projects for a committed amount of 97.06 MEUR.

Results 2020 CORE Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the final results of the 2020 CORE Call. Out of 157 proposals submitted in the 2020 CORE Call, a total of 47 research projects have been retained for funding, representing a financial commitment of 30,2 MEUR.

Results 2021-1 PSP-Classic Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 3 of 6 projects have been retained for funding in the 2021-1 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 87,870 EUR.

2021 study of the perception of the Luxembourg research community

Every two years, the FNR commissions a survey study to understand the level of notoriety and the perception of the Luxembourg research community among the general public. Discover the findings!

MECO-FNR-Luxinnovation joint Healthtech Call

The second call for projects in the field of health technologies, launched by the Ministry of the Economy, jointly with the FNR and supported by Luxinnovation has been presented. Submissions are possible from 1 February with a project outline deadline of 31 March 2023, 14:00 CET. 

Results 2021 KITS Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that five eligible projects submitted to the 2021 KITS Call have been retained for funding, representing an FNR commitment of 1.32 MEUR.

Look closer: What does it mean to be a researcher?

Science.lu, the FNR-run science website for all, has launched the video ‘Look closer: What does it mean to be a researcher?’ to promote research in Luxembourg and highlight that researchers are often very different from what people might expect! The video was entirely created in Luxembourg featuring local researchers and science communicators.

Results RESCOM 2021-1 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 2 of 2 projects have been selected for funding in the 2021-1 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 63,417 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

Results 2021-1 INTER Mobility Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that 3 of 9 eligible INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2021-1 Call, an FNR commitment of 169,588 EUR.

INITIATE projects round-up

The FNR’s INITIATE programme supports the initiation and development of strategic research and innovation project ideas that will help make Luxembourg internationally competitive in priority domains. Five INITIATE projects have been granted so far.

Joining forces to support cancer research in Luxembourg

The FNR and Fondation Cancer have signed a multi-year collaboration agreement from 2020 to 2023, aimed at developing and intensifying cooperation. In this context, four cancer research projects were selected for funding in 2020, a total commitment of 2.8 MEUR.

FNR ATTRACT Fellow Anne Grünewald appointed Full Professor

Neuroscientist Anne Grünewald has been appointed Full Professor at the University of Luxembourg’s LCSB as of 1 January 2021. Prof Dr Grünewald came to Luxembourg in 2016 with an FNR ATTRACT Fellowship, in the framework of which she set up the Molecular & Functional Neurobiology Group at the LCSB at the University of Luxembourg.

International cooperation: FNR signs agreement with Czech Science Foundation (GACR)

The FNR and the Czech Science Foundation (GACR) has signed a cooperation agreement, based on the WEAVE initiative. A call for Luxembourg-based researchers to apply for mutual projects with collaborators in the Czech Republic is now open with a deadline of 22 April 2021.

Lindsay Flynn and Etienne Fodor awarded FNR ATTRACT Fellowships

The FNR has awarded two new ATTRACT Fellowships: Ass. Prof Dr Lindsay Flynn is awarded 2 MEUR for a project investigating the relationship between housing policies and inequality. Ass. Prof Dr Etienne Fodor is awarded 1.5 MEUR for a project on the topic of active matter. Both projects will be conducted at the University of Luxembourg over five years.

Results 2020-2 Industrial Fellowships Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 8 of 14 Industrial Fellowship projects have been selected for funding in the 2020-2 Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.35 MEUR. 

Results 2020-2 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 12 of 23 eligible projects have been retained for funding in the 2020-2 BRIDGES Call, representing an FNR commitment of 4.1 MEUR.

International cooperation: Round-up of 2020 retained INTER projects

In 2020, the FNR committed 17.4 MEUR of funding to 39 bi- and multilateral projects via its INTER scheme to foster international cooperation. 

Results 2020-2 PSP-Classic Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 11 of 13 projects have been retained for funding in the 2020-2 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 342,376 EUR.

Open Science: new FNR Policy on Research Data Management

Research Data Management (RDM) is a general term covering how to organise, structure, store, and care for research data used or generated during the lifetime and after completion of a research project. This means planning how data is collected, stored, and cared for before the start of the project, through to how it will be ensured that it is maintained in the longer-term and shared with the research community and beyond.

International cooperation: WEAVE – research funding without borders

With the support of Science Europe, 12 national research funding organisations, including the FNR, have launched the cross-European initiative Weave. The aim is to fund and support excellent international research projects. It is the first time a large network of this scale has developed an initiative of this kind to enable bilateral and trilateral scientific cooperation in Europe. Further information for Luxembourg-based researchers is now available.

cOAlition S releases Journal Checker Tool

cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders has developed the Journal Checker Tool (JCT), a web-based tool which provides clear advice to researchers on how they can comply with their funder’s Plan S-aligned Open Access policy when seeking to publish in their chosen journal.

International cooperation: NORFACE and HERA launch new programme – CHANSE

The NORFACE and HERA networks are pleased to announce that the new CHANSE (Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe) consortium will soon announce a call for international research projects on ‘Transformations: social and cultural dynamics in the digital age’. The programme will be implemented by 27 research funding organisations from 24 countries, coordinated by the National Science Centre, Poland (NCN).

FNR coordinates Luxembourg’s participation in the “COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator” initiative

FNR coordinates Luxembourg’s €800,000 participation in the philanthropic initiative COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator.

Results 2020-2 INTER Mobility Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that 1 of 3 eligible INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2020-2 Call, an FNR commitment of 5,120 EUR.

Results RESCOM 2020-2 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 7 of 9 projects have been selected for funding in the 2020-2 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 230,823 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

FNR Awards 2020: A digital celebration of science & research in Luxembourg

For the 12th time, the FNR held the FNR Awards – the annual celebration of science and research in Luxembourg. For obvious reasons, the normal physical event was simply not possible this year, but this did not stop the celebration from taking place! A solution was found and the event was shifted to 100% digital for the first time. Seven FNR Awards were presented across four categories.

Evolution of FNR funding policies in 2021

In 2021, there will be a number of changes coming to FNR funding policies, affecting most of our diverse selection of programmes. These changes represent a forward evolution for the FNR, as they align with international best practices meant to improve the quality of science and research on a systemic level. A recording and the … Continued

FNR Awards Ceremony: 2020 FNR Awards go digital

The 2020 FNR Awards Ceremony will take place in a 100% digital format. Join us in our annual celebration of science and research in Luxembourg, via a stream on Thursday, 19 November 2020 from 19:00 CET. 

Results 2020 OPEN Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the results of the 2020 OPEN Call for proposals: 2 of 6 eligible projects have been retained for funding, an FNR commitment of 1.3 MEUR. 

letzSCIENCE: The beauty of science meets augmented reality

Following the huge success of the ‘letzSCIENCE – the beauty of science meets augmented reality’ campaign in Luxembourg City over the summer, the campaign can now be experienced in Belval, the heart of Luxembourg’s research ecosystem. Triggered by scanning a QR code, three images transform into an augmented reality (AR) experience, followed by a story about a piece of research in Luxembourg.

Results 2020 AFR Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 25 of 105 eligible PhD projects have been selected for funding in the 2020 AFR Call. This represents an FNR commitment of 4.5 MEUR. 6 additional projects are on the reserve list. *Update October 2020: the six projects on the reserve list have been funded, bringing the total funded PhD projects to 31 and the total FNR commitment to 5.4 MEUR.*

INITIATE: Support for development of strategic research & innovation project ideas

Following a pilot phase that started in 2019, the FNR has consolidated its INITIATE funding instrument. The INITIATE instrument 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.

Results 2020 JUMP (PoC) Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 9 of 16 eligible Proof of Concept projects have been accepted in the 2020 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 1.83 MEUR. The FNR JUMP programme (formerly PoC) is a competitive funding programme, open to all research domains, that is designed to help bridge the technical and funding … Continued

FNR Science Image Competition: exhibition

Following the FNR Science Image Competition, first organised in 2019 on the occasion of the FNR’s 20th anniversary, the awarded photos can now be discovered at an exhibition in Luxembourg City! The campaign has multiple aims: to show the growing role of images in scientific research, to reveal how scientific work is conducted, to give a face to the researchers conducting it and to present various ways to engage the public with science.

Results 2020-1 Industrial Fellowships Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 13 of 17 eligible Industrial Fellowship projects have been selected for funding in the 2020-1 Call, representing an FNR commitment of 2 MEUR. 

Results 2020-1 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 9 of 21 eligible projects have been retained for funding in the 2020-1 BRIDGES Call, representing an FNR commitment of 3 MEUR.

European Innovation Scoreboard 2020: Luxembourg joins Innovation Leaders

Luxembourg has jumped from ‘Strong Innovator’ to ‘Innovation Leader’ in the EU Commission’s 2020 European Innovation Scoreboard. For the third year running, Luxembourg ranks 1st for ‘Attractive research systems’. This underlines the considerable development of the young Luxembourgish research and innovation ecosystem, and is an important recognition of the country’s continuous efforts to develop a world-class R&I landscape.

Participate: Survey on the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) is calling on Luxembourg to participate in a major online survey. Aimed at all residents aged 16 and over (all categories: workers, students, pensioners, high school students, etc.) because all opinions count and all information is valuable.  The survey is also accessible to cross-border workers, who have also been affected by this crisis.

Research Luxembourg: Results second FNR COVID-19 Call

Following the second deadline of the FNR’s COVID-19 Fast Track Call, 21 of 55 eligible projects have been retained for funding, an FNR commitment of 1.12 MEUR.

Scientists in cancer immunotherapy breakthrough

In an international project with pharma company Sprint Bioscience, scientists at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), led by Dr Bassam Janji, have developed an approach that turns “cold” tumours “hot”, making them responsive to immunotherapy.

Research Luxembourg: First results of the CON-VINCE study

CON-VINCE, a national research project aiming to evaluate the prevalence and dynamics of the spread of the COVID-19 disease within the Luxembourgish population, was launched at the beginning of April under the umbrella of the Research Luxembourg COVID-19 Task Force. Following the successful recruitment and first testing effort of more than 1800 participants over the age of 18, a first publication has now been uploaded on the preprint server medRxiv (Reference: MEDRXIV/2020/092916) and will be soon submitted for peer-reviewed scientific publication.

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’.

Results 2020-1 PSP-Classic Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 13 of 17 projects have been retained for funding in the 2020-1 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 213,981 EUR.

Results RESCOM 2020-1 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 2 of 3 projects have been selected for funding in the 2020-1 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 69,600 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

Results 2020-1 INTER Mobility Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that all 10 eligible INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2020-1 Call, an FNR commitment of 693,470 EUR.

International cooperation: NORFACE 2019 Call results

14 transnational and multi-disciplinary consortia have received funding from the European NORFACE network within the Call ‘Democratic governance in a turbulent age’. The total budget of the call was 17.3 MEUR. One project is led by a Luxembourg-based team at the University of Luxembourg.

FNR statement regarding allegations of research misconduct on FNR-funded project

FNR communication regarding allegations of research misconduct related to the project Po17/11757260 « LALA – Lauter lëschteg Lauter », that was funded within the FNR Proof-of-Concept (PoC) programme and related projects. The National Commission for Research Integrity (CRI) of the Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity (LARI) has conducted a confidential investigation into anonymous allegation of research misconduct in connection … Continued

Results 2020 JUMP (Pathfinder) Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 10 of 15 eligible Pathfinder projects have been accepted in the 2020 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 343,430 EUR.

Results third PRIDE Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 5 of 9 full proposals for Doctoral Training Units (DTU) in the third PRIDE Call have been retained for funding, corresponding to 61 PhD grants, an FNR commitment of 12.4 MEUR.

FNR Science Image Competition: Discover the winners!

The FNR Science Image Competition was organised for the first time in 2019 on the occasion of the FNR’s 20th anniversary. The project has multiple aims: to show the growing role of images in scientific research, to reveal how scientific work is conducted, to give a face to the researchers conducting it and to present various ways to engage the public with science.

COVID-19: Research Luxembourg is mobilising

Research Luxembourg, a joint initiative of the main players in Luxembourg’s public research sector, is mobilising its knowledge and its human and material resources to help address the challenge of COVID-19. A task force has been set up in order to offer the health system the combined expertise available within the Luxembourg public research sector (LIH, LISER, LIST, LNS, University, FNR, under the coordination of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research).

International cooperation: Results 2019 M-ERA.NET Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that four eligible full proposals involving Luxembourg partners have been retained for funding in the 2019 M-ERA.NET Call, an FNR commitment of 1.77 MEUR.

COVID-19 pandemic: FNR offers flexibility in the handling of grants and grant proposals

Due to the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the FNR offers flexibility in the handling of grants and grant proposals.

PSP Flagship: Results 2019/20 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 2 of 3 projects submitted to the 2019/20 PSP Flagship Call have been selected for funding, an FNR commitment of 830,200 EUR.

FNR ATTRACT Fellow Thomas Cauvin to join the University of Luxembourg

The French national Thomas Cauvin, currently Professor of History at the University of Colorado and President of the International Federation for Public History, will join the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) at the University of Luxembourg thanks to an FNR ATTRACT fellowship endowed with 2 million euros (over five years). Thomas Cauvin’s project aims to develop public history as a new participatory model for interpreting the past. Inspired by the evolution of digital participatory sciences, the project will facilitate interactions between academics, cultural institutions, and the general public to contribute to a democratisation not only of access but also of the production of history.

Government unveils National Research & Innovation Strategy

Claude Meisch, Minister of Higher Education and Research, has presented the Government’s research and innovation strategy for Luxembourg and the associated new national research priorities. This is the first time that Luxembourg has drawn up a formal national research strategy. The two documents define how Luxembourg’s scientific ecosystem should develop over the next 10 years and in which areas investment should be concentrated.

Results 2019 CORE Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate it has retained 40 research projects for funding in the 2019 CORE Call, an FNR commitment of 22.63 MEUR. Three bilateral projects where decisions were pending can now be communicated. Abstracts are now also available.

FNR awarded at 2020 Media Awards

The FNR took home silver (2nd place) and the ‘prix du public’ in the category TV/Cinema at the 2020 Media Awards, for a promotional video for the science website science.lu, created for the FNR by the creative studio Moast.

Joint statement: Sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak

“The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China (2019-nCoV) represents a significant and urgent threat to global health. We call on researchers, journals and funders to ensure that research findings and data relevant to this outbreak are shared rapidly and openly to inform the public health response and help save lives.”

Scientists awarded Legs Kanning Prize 2019 for cancer research in Luxembourg

Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) researchers Dr Anna Golebiewska, and FNR ATTRACT Fellow Dr Johannes Meiser have been awarded the Legs Kanning Prize for their work on cancer research in Luxembourg, presented by the association Action Lions Vaincre le Cancer. 

Industrial Fellowship alumni secures Full Professorship at age 30

Patrick Glauner, whose PhD was funded by an FNR Industrial Fellowship is to start a Full Professorship in AI at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology in Germany in February 2020.

International cooperation: Round-up of 2019 retained INTER projects

In 2019, the FNR committed 7 MEUR of funding to 19 bi- and multilateral projects via its INTER scheme to foster international cooperation.

‘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.

Prof Dr Paul Wilmes secures esteemed ERC grant

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.

Results 2019-2 JUMP (Proof of Concept) Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 4 of 8 eligible Proof of Concept projects have been accepted in the 2019-2 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 857.900 EUR.

Results 2019-2 PSP-Classic Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 18 of 25 projects have been retained for funding in the 2019-2 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 431,090 EUR.

Results 2019-2 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 9 of 16 eligible projects have been retained for funding in the 2019-2 BRIDGES Call, representing an FNR commitment of 2.97 MEUR.

Results 2019-2 Industrial Fellowships Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 7 of 13 eligible Industrial Fellowship projects have been selected for funding in the 2019-2 Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.31 MEUR. 

Marc Schiltz re-elected President of Science Europe

Marc Schiltz, Secretary General and Executive Head of the FNR, has been re-elected President of Science Europe, an association of major European research funding and research performing organisations. The FNR has been an active member and a strong supporter of Science Europe since its creation in 2011.

FNR 20 years special evening: The House of Frankenstein

There’s a legend about a place… a secret and mysterious place. A place between science and fiction… where you can meet Frankenstein and other mysterious scientists…Curious? Eager to discover science during a special and slightly offbeat evening? Experience an evening between science and fiction, at a place where something special will happen – join us on Friday, 29 November 2019.

Results 2019-2 INTER Mobility Call

The FNR is pleased to announce that 4 of 8 INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2019-2 Call, an FNR commitment of 343,600 EUR.

Results RESCOM 2019-2 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 8 of 12 projects have been selected for funding in the 2019-2 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 295,900 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

Results 2019-2 JUMP (Pathfinder) Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 7 of 13 eligible Pathfinder projects have been accepted in the 2019-2 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 293,040 EUR.

Results 2019 OPEN Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the results of the 2019 OPEN Call for proposals: 4 of 12 eligible projects have been retained for funding, an FNR commitment of 2.3 MEUR. 

FNR Awards 2019: Rewarding excellence in research and science communication

On Friday, 25 October 2019, the FNR held the 11th edition of the FNR Awards Ceremony, where around 150 people, including Claude Meisch, Minister for Higher Education & Research, gathered in the halle des poches à fonte in Belval, to reward Luxembourg’s best research and science communication efforts. Six FNR Awards were presented across three categories. Discover the winners!

2019 study of the perception of the Luxembourg research community

Every two years, the FNR commissions a survey study to understand the level of notoriety and the perception of the Luxembourg research community among the general public. Discover the findings!

Toward an inter-university partnership with VIVES to strengthen the financing of spin-offs

On the occasion of the Royal Visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, UCLouvain announces that the University of Luxembourg, the FNR and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) have signed a letter of interest to establish partnerships in the framework of the launch of the new ‘VIVES Inter-University Fund’.

International cooperation: Belgium-Luxembourg research cooperation strengthened

The FNR has signed two bilateral agreements with the FWO and the F.R.S-FNRS to strengthen and intensify the excellent research cooperation with Belgium.

PayPal, University of Luxembourg and FNR announce first public-private University Chair in Digital Financial Services

Professor Gilbert Fridgen has been appointed the inaugural PayPal-FNR PEARL Chair in Digital Financial Services which will allow him to conduct scientific research at the digital transformation of financial services and the intersection of finance and technology. The partnership supports the Luxembourg Government’s aim of making the country a world leader in innovative financial services.

INTER: Results 2018 ANR-FNR Call

The FNR is pleased to be able to communicate that 4 of 31 proposals involving Luxembourg partners have been retained for funding in the ANR-FNR Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.57 MEUR. 

Official launch of the Luxembourg Digital Innovation Hub

The Luxembourg Digital Innovation Hub (L-DIH) has been officially launched in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Étienne Schneider. As a key element of the national strategy for a data-driven economy, L-DIH is a platform hosted and managed by Luxinnovation, with the FNR among the partners. It is part of a European initiative aimed at bringing together supply and demand in the context of the digitisation of industry, in particular SMEs.

Results 2019 AFR Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 32 of 119 eligible PhD projects have been selected for funding in the 2019 AFR Call. This represents an FNR commitment of 5.72 MEUR. Of the 32 projects, 7 projects were previously on the reserve list, but have now also been accommodated funding.

Open access: World Health Organization (WHO) and TDR Join cOAlition S

The World Health Organization (WHO) announces it is the first of the United Nations agencies to join the growing coalition of research funders and charitable foundations who implement Plan S. This commitment will ensure that all WHO supported health research will be free to read online on the day it is published. 

FNR funds Luxembourg Parkinson’s Study with an additional 6 million euros

In spring 2015, the National Centre for Excellence in Research on Parkinson’s Disease (NCER-PD) was created as the very first inter-institutional research programme of its kind in Luxembourg. It represents a joint effort between five partners that unite their complementary expertise for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has committed 8.3 million euros to this collaborative research programme for the past four years. At the end of this first funding period, the programme has been evaluated with outstanding scores by an international jury of experts. This paved the way for its second phase until May 2023, funded with an additional 6 MEUR.

Professor Sean Takats is awarded an FNR PEARL Chair

Professor Dr Sean Takats, an internationally renowned expert on digital history, will start his research work in Luxembourg in October 2019. Backed by an FNR PEARL Chair from the FNR, Sean Takats joins the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), one of the interdisciplinary research centres of the University of Luxembourg. The PEARL programme, funded by the FNR, provides competitive funding to attract top researchers in strategic research areas for Luxembourg.

FNR-funded research graces the cover of ‘Der Spiegel’

‘Der Spiegel’, a widely read news magazine generally considered one the most influential of continental Europe in June published a cover story focussed on human gut microbiome research. The elaborate, seven-page article by the German weekly magazine features the recognised research work of Prof Mahesh Desai from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH).

National Quality Framework for Doctoral Training – publication of assessment report

The FNR has the pleasure to publish the final report of the external assessment exercise of the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Doctoral Training (NQFDT).

Innovation: JUMP 2019-2 Call for proposals

The JUMP programme is now accepting proposals, with a deadline of Friday, 27 September 2019, 14:00 CET.

Results 2019-1 Industrial Fellowships Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 8 of 12 eligible Industrial Fellowship projects have been selected for funding in the 2019-1 Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.38 MEUR. 

Results 2019-1 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 8 of 11 eligible projects have been retained for funding in the 2019-1 BRIDGES Call, representing an FNR commitment of 2.76 MEUR.

About the importance of science communication (via Youtube)

On Friday, 24 May 2019, around 150 people gathered in Belval to hear from famous scientist and edutrainer Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim about why science and Youtube are a perfect fit. The talk also kicked off an intense two-day workshop in which 30 participants learned how to communicate science through the medium of video.

Presentation of the 2018 FNR annual report

Today, Friday, 24 May 2019, Véronique Hoffeld – Chair of the FNR Board – and Marc Schiltz, FNR Secretary General, presented the FNR’s Annual Report for 2018.
The year 2018 was marked by the new multi-year agreement 2018-21 signed between the FNR and the Government, but also by the work of redefining national research priorities for which the FNR was mandated by its supervisory ministry. In 2018, the FNR evaluated 735 proposals submitted under its various instruments and granted funding to 260 research projects. The FNR committed 72.1 MEUR to finance the selected projects. 

International cooperation: FNR and ANR renew agreement to support research collaboration between France and Luxembourg

The FNR and the French Agence National de la Recherche (ANR) have renewed their collaboration agreement in the framework of the FNR’s INTER programme. The agreement enables Luxembourg-based researchers to collaborate with partners in France on bilateral projects.

Results 2019-1 JUMP (Proof of Concept) Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 4 of 6 eligible Proof of Concept projects have been accepted in the 2019-1 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 818.100 EUR.

The FNR recommendations for revised National Research Priorities have been sent to the Government

In its multi-annual contract with the Government, the FNR has been mandated to review the national research priorities for Luxembourg, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. This follows a recommendation stated in the 2016 OECD report on the Luxembourg innovation system.

Results PSP-Classic Call 2019-1

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 10 of 11 projects have been retained for funding in the 2019-1 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 120,592 EUR. The aim of the funding programme “Promoting Science to the Public” is to bring science closer to society, in particular Luxembourg’s society. The scheme funds projects that … Continued

Pairing Scheme: Launch 2nd edition

On Friday, 26 April 2019 the 2nd edition of the Pairing Scheme was launched, which saw Luxembourg MPs visit the Belval research campus. The second edition of the scheme features 13 MPs paired with 13 researchers.

Results 2019-1 JUMP (Pathfinder) Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 6 of 7 eligible Pathfinder projects have been accepted in the 2019-1 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 222,300 EUR.

Chercheurs à l’école 2019: Scientists meet the next generation

From 25 to 29 March 2019, the FNR organised the 9th edition of Chercheurs à l’école, which saw 101 researchers speak to 75 classes in 30 schools across the country.

Results RESCOM 2019-1 Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 4 of 5 projects have been selected for funding in the 2019-1 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 137,000 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

Results INTER Mobility Call 2019-1

The FNR is pleased to announce that 3 of 8 INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2019-1 Call, an FNR commitment of 181,000 EUR.

Paul Wilmes elected to Institut Grand-Ducal

FNR ATTRACT Fellow Associate Prof Paul Wilmes from the LCSB at the University of Luxembourg has been elected as full member of the Institut Grand-Ducal, Section des Sciences Naturelles, Physiques et Mathématiques. 

How evidence should be used in the political decision-making process

On Thursday, 31 January, the FNR and Sense about Science hosted a workshop on the topic ‘How (scientific) evidence should be used in the political decision-making process’, more concretely by Members of the European Parliament.

Results PSP-Classic Call 2018-2

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 14 of 17 projects have been retained for funding in the 2018-2 PSP-Classic Call, representing an FNR Commitment of 247,800 EUR.

First project funded in collaboration agreement between FNR and Fondation Cancer

The FNR and Fondation Cancer have concluded a collaboration agreement to develop and intensify their cooperation in order to support high-level cancer research projects. In the scope of the FNR’s CORE programme, the FNR and Fondation Cancer are jointly funding a cancer immunotherapy research project at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH).

International cooperation: Round-up of 2018 funded INTER projects

In 2018, the FNR committed 10.07 MEUR of funding to 25 bi- and multilateral projects via its INTER scheme to foster international cooperation.

Results 2018-2 Industrial Fellowships Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 9 of 16 eligible Industrial Fellowship projects have been selected for funding in the 2018-2 Call, representing an FNR commitment of 1.7 MEUR. 

Results 2018 CORE Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate it has retained 36 of 137 eligible research projects for funding in the 2018 CORE Call, an FNR commitment of 21.61 MEUR.

Results 2018-2 BRIDGES Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 10 of 13 eligible projects have been retained for funding in the 2018-2 BRIDGES Call, representing an FNR commitment of 3.08 MEUR.

Results 2018-2 JUMP (Proof of Concept) Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 7 of 8 eligible Proof of Concept projects have been accepted in the 2018-2 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 1.62 MEUR.

The FNR signs the DORA declaration

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.

Results 2018 PSP Flagship Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that both eligible projects submitted to the  2018 PSP Flagship Call have been selected for funding, an FNR commitment of 697,000 EUR.

Open Access: Plan S implementation guidance open for public feedback

Following the announcement of Plan S in September 2018, cOAlition S has approved the implementation guidance on making full and immediate Open Access a reality by 2020. The guidance is open for public feedback until 1 February 2019.

Results RESCOM 2018-2

The FNR is pleased to communicate that all 14 projects have been selected for funding in the 2018-2 RESCOM Call, an FNR commitment of 417,000 EUR. Through RESCOM, the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes.

Results INTER Mobility Call 2018-2

The FNR is pleased to announce that 5 of 7 INTER Mobility projects have been selected for funding from the 2018-2 Call, an FNR commitment of of 327,000 EUR.

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.

Results 2018 OPEN Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate the results of the 2018 OPEN Call for proposals: 3 of 6 eligible projects have been retained for funding, an FNR commitment of 1.29 MEUR. 

Results 2018-2 JUMP (Pathfinder) Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 10 of 15 eligible Pathfinder projects have been accepted in the 2018-2 JUMP Call, an FNR commitment of 351,600 EUR.

FNR Awards 2018: FNR rewards excellence in research, innovation and science communication

Johannes Meiser awarded FNR ATTRACT Fellowship

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).

Emma Schymanski awarded FNR ATTRACT Fellowship

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.

Japanese delegation from RIKEN-IMS visit Luxembourg

Representatives of the renowned Japanese RIKEN Centre for Integrative Medical Sciences (RIKEN-IMS) recently visited Luxembourg to meet government representatives and the directors of the local biomedical research institutions. They presented current and future joint research projects and discussed on how to secure a long-term scientific collaboration between the two countries.

Luxembourg launches business-focused national space agency

As of 12 September 2018, the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) has officially launched. The goal of the LSA is to promote the further economic development of the Grand Duchy’s space industry by attracting businesses, developing human resources, providing innovative financial solutions and supporting educational and research infrastructure.

MoU: A new “Space Research Program” to strengthen the Luxembourg space ecosystem

FNR Secretary General Marc Schiltz and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider have signed an agreement to develop a programme to support research for the commercial space industry in Luxembourg.

FNR joins cOAlition S

On 4 September, the FNR and 10 other national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission (EC) and the European Research Council (ERC), have launched cOAlition S, a joint initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality by 2020. The initiative is promoted by Science Europe, the association of national research funding and research performing organisations in Europe.

Upcoming general election: Political parties answer 7 R&D questions

A few weeks prior the general elections, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) sent all political parties in Luxembourg a seven-question catalogue on research and innovation. Almost all parties contacted have answered our questions – ADR, CSV, déi gréng, déi Lénk, DP, LSAP, PiD.

Trends for open access to publications: Luxembourg in Top 5

The European Commission has published data on trends for open access to publications, with Luxembourg ranking in 5th place, ahead of countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany. 

Results 2018 AFR Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 28 of 100 eligible PhD projects have been selected for funding in the 2018 AFR Call. This represents an FNR commitment of 4.87 MEUR.

FNR launches network for science communicators in Luxembourg

In late May 2018, the FNR held a workshop to launch a new network for science communicators in Luxembourg, attended by more than 40 animators, teachers, science communicators from research and other institutions, as well as representatives from asbls.

First time Luxembourg participation at annual Space Resources Roundtable

The Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado held the Ninth Joint Meeting of the Space Resources Roundtable and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium on 12-15 June. For the first time, representatives from the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and FNR participated in the annual conference.

FNR ATTRACT Fellow to be awarded Grand Prix 2018 en sciences biologiques de l’Institut Grand Ducal

An international jury has selected FNR ATTRACT Fellow Prof Dr Paul Wilmes as the recipient of the 2018 Grand Prize in Biology (Le Grand Prix en sciences biologiques de l’Institut Grand-ducal / Prix CACTUS).

FNR-funded researcher receives prestigious research medal in Japan

Prof Dr Mahesh Desai, currently visiting the RIKEN institute in Yokohama (Japan) as part of an INTER Mobility project, has been presented with the ‘Tissier’s medal’ for his excellent contributions to the field of intestinal microbiology.