The INITIATE programme 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. This phase of project development should engage different public and private (if applicable) teams strategically in tackling larger questions, which require focused and dedicated support that is cannot be addressed through conventional project funding.
Through INITIATE, the FNR wishes to back and guide the early-stage development of high-risk/high-reward strategic project ideas, up to the point where a solid project proposal is formulated that can potentially be submitted to FNR’s strategic programmes, such as NCER, PEARL, IPBG, a dedicated one-time call, or a bespoke “package” of funding instruments.
There is no call for INITIATE proposals. Following the initial presentation to the FNR, a decision will be taken which may result in a formal invitation to submit an INITIATE proposal. The FNR, together with other stakeholders (e.g. Ministries, Education or Health sector, Industry, Co-sponsors, etc…) can also suggest potential INITIATE challenges and missions to the research institutions.
- The initial proposal must be validated and selected by the senior leadership of the applying research institution(s). In order to display the institutional backing, all INITIATE proposals must first be presented to the FNR in the presence of the consortium leader as well as one member of senior leadership of the applying research institution.
- This proposal should be a concise summary of the idea, as well as the preliminary steps that will be undertaken to develop the idea into a fully-fledged project. While there is no template for this proposal, it should be around 10 pages long (and the FNR will request the resubmission of proposals that do not respect this). The proposal must clearly specify the addressed challenge or mission and its societal and economic relevance, outlining how it can be translated into research questions.