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

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

Deadline: 11-04-2019 14:00 CET


CORE is the central programme of the FNR. A multi-annual thematic research programme, the prime objective of CORE is to strengthen the scientific quality of Luxembourg’s public research in the country’s priority research domains:

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

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

Co-funding from Fondation Cancer Luxembourg

The Fondation Cancer has agreed to join funding for CORE 2019 projects. Applicants have to provide evidence that these cancer projects are in line with the CORE domain of ‘Biomedical sciences’ and comply with the topics of the Plan Cancer. The projects will be evaluated within the CORE selection process.


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


  • The FNR allocates a maximum financial contribution of 18.5 MEUR for the CORE 2019 Call.


  • First time CORE applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the FNR for additional guidance prior to submitting a research proposal.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI), author and leader of the project, is asked to submit proposals which are appropriate to their track record and experience.
  • Postdoc & early-career researchers may apply for the programme through the CORE Junior Track, a dedicated framework for less experienced PIs.
  • All applications must be submitted via the FNR’s Online Grant Management System
  • Launch of 2019 Call: Thursday, 13 December 2018. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, 11 April 2019, 14:00 CET.
  • Please take note of the format requirements, these can be found in the Project Application Form
  • Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by end-October 2019

NEW FOR 2019

Character limitations

From the CORE 2019 Call onward, a specific format requirement for the project description is introduced. The FNR implements character limits for the project description instead of page limits. The character limitation has successfully been introduced in other FNR programmes already. Please carefully follow the specifications for the Proposal Project Description defined in the CORE Application Guidelines in section 6.1. All applications have to follow these requirements and it is mandatory to use the CORE 2019 Project Description Form.

Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

The FNR has signed the “Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)” and therefore has introduced changes in how it assesses research proposals. This means that FNR evaluates quality and impact independently of journal-based metrics and give value to all research outputs. The call related guidelines have been adapted accordingly.


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

**Updated information on bi-lateral collaboration, 22 January 2019: The Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (FCT, Portugal) has decided not to join the CORE 2019 call. join the CORE 2019 call. No bi-lateral projects between researchers in Luxembourg and their colleagues in Portugal will be supported in the call 2019.**

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