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

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

Call launch: 2018 Call to be announced mid-December 2017


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

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

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


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


  • The total budget allocated to the CORE programme for the period 2014-2017 is 70 MEUR.
  • The FNR allocates a maximum financial contribution of 17 MEUR for the CORE 2017 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.
  • Launch of 2017 Call: Friday, 16 December 2016. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 14:00 CET.
  • Funding decisions will be communicated by end-October 2017

NEW FOR 2017

  • Please note, beginning with the 2017 Call, the FNR allows only one re-submission for each application.
  • General FNR: As of 1 January 2017, costs for project related publications are no longer eligible for funding as part of the programmes. Article processing fees for Open Access publications only can be refunded through the FNR’s “Open Access Fund”.


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.

Find out more about International Cooperation Opportunities

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