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

Funding Type(s): Project Funding, Support to establish research groups in Luxembourg,

Deadline: 15-11-2017 14:00 CET (pre-proposals)

Deadline: 20-02-2018 14:00 CET (full proposals)


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.

Researchers are eligible between 2 and 8 years after their PhD, they must have an outstanding track record in their field which has to fit strategically to the research agenda of the Luxembourg host institution.

Host institutions offer candidates the prospect of developing an own research line. ATTRACT fellows are offered a 1-year individual coaching and a career track towards a tenured position.


ATTRACT fellowships have a lifespan of 5 years.


The financial contribution by the FNR can be up to 1.5 MEUR for Starting Investigators (Postdoc & Junior Researcher level) or 2 MEUR for Consolidating Investigators (Established Researcher level).


  • The ATTRACT programme has 1 Call per year
  • The candidate must have 2 – 8 years proven experience in the R&D context, following the successful completion of a doctoral degree.
  • Research proposals must be submitted jointly by the candidate and host institution (please note the University of Luxembourg’s internal deadline is 12 September 2017). To address the gender gap in academic and research positions, the FNR requires 40% of all candidates proposed in the years 2017-21 to be female.

Funded ATTRACT Fellows


Pedro Cardoso-Leite (University of Luxembourg) for project ‘DIGILEARN

Alex Redinger (University of Luxembourg) for project ‘SUNSPOT

Stan Schymanski (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology – LIST) for project ‘WAVE



Dirk Brenner (Luxembourg Institute of Health) for project ‘DBRRIL – Regulating the regulators: Gateways of inflammation and lymphoma

Thomas Schmidt (University of Luxembourg) for project ‘MoMeSys: Modern mesoscopic systems and applications in nanoelectronics and spintronics



Samuel Greiff (University of Luxembourg) for project ‘Assessing Skills in the 21st Century

Ines Thiele (LCSB at University of Luxembourg) for project ‘An integrated multiorgan reconstruction of human metabolism: connecting diet to health


Karsten Hiller (LCSB at University of Luxembourg) ‘Metabolomics Junior Research Group

Oliver Kohns (University of Luxembourg) for project ‘Aesthetical Figurations of the Political in the Postnational Age – ÄPO


Andreas Michels (University of Luxembourg) for project ‘Earth Nanomagnetism – RARE

Paul Wilmes (LCSB at University of Luxembourg) for project ‘Systems Biology of Natural Microbial Assemblages – SysBioNaMa


Phillip Dale (University of Luxembourg) for project ‘Photovoltaics via Electrodeposition of Compound Semiconductors – PECOS

See also..

Introducing ATTRACT

ATTRACT Fellows in Biomedicine

ATTRACT Fellows in Education/Cognitive Applied Science and Humanities/Identities/Politics

ATTRACT Projects Overview

ATTRACT Fellows in Material Sciences

Thomas Schmidt, ATTRACT Fellow (Mesoscopic Physics)

Dirk Brenner, ATTRACT Fellow (Experimental and Molecular Immunology)

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