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Luxembourg National Research Fund


Multi-Annual Thematic Research Programme

  • Career Stage(s):
    Postdoc & Junior Researcher , Established Researcher , Leading Researcher
  • Funding Type(s):
    International collaboration , Thematically Focussed Project Funding
  • Deadline: 17-04-2024 14:00 CET
  • Call launch: 2024 Call launch: 14 December 2023


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 adopted by the Government on 20 December 2019.

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

New for 2024

  • In recent years, the FNR has noticed a strong increase in the number of applications as well as in the budget requested in CORE projects. To re-emphasize that CORE is a funding scheme for focused research projects, in the 2024 call applicants have to explicitly justify the human resources requested if the FNR financial contribution for personnel exceeds 2 full time equivalents (FTE). As a reminder, the FNR would like to highlight that the majority of projects previously selected for funding have requested between 1 and 2 FTEs.
  • The bibliography has been separated into two sections where applicants indicate important outputs from the consortium that are relevant to the proposal and the general bibliography for the proposal.
  • It is now possible to also submit CORE Bilateral projects with Quebec FRQ (Canada).


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 25 MEUR for the CORE 2024 Call.


  • Deadline for submissions is 17 April 2024, 14:00 CET.
  • Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by end-October 2024.
  • First time CORE applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the FNR for additional guidance prior to submitting a research proposal.


Within the CORE programme, bilateral and trilateral projects with project partners requesting funding from e.g. DFG (Germany), SNF (Switzerland), FWF (Austria), FWO (Belgium),  FNRS (Belgium), GACR (Czech Republic), NCN (Poland), or Formas (Sweden), and Quebec FRQ (Canada) *new!* may be submitted under the lead agency principle.

Further bilateral collaborations are possible with researchers funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol (Italy). Proposals have to be submitted as “CORE international” and must fulfil all requirements of the CORE call.

Further funding opportunities for joint projects in cross-border collaborations are supported within the FNR’s INTER programme, see for example Weave.

Find out more about International Cooperation opportunities

See also..

Download the 2024 FNR Calls flyer