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

Funding Type(s): Project Funding, Support for knowledge transfer & innovation,

Deadline: 30-01-2020 14:00 CET (PATHFINDER)

Deadline: 25-09-2020 14:00 CET (PROOF OF CONCEPT)


The FNR JUMP programme (formerly PoC) is a competitive funding programme, open to all research domains, that is designed to help bridge the technical and funding gap between research-driven discoveries and their commercialisation/utilisation, thereby enhancing the impact of Luxembourg’s research on economy and society.

FNR will provide financial support to advance the development of applied research-driven and leading-edge technologies/concepts, products and services that have potential for:

  • Enabling the creation of a start-up company that will further develop and commercialize the invention; or
  • Licensing to an existing company;
  • Further funding and collaboration (private or public) in view of commercialisation;

JUMP is not intended to support basic research or existing start-up companies, but rather it will support proof of concept activities to advance research-driven technologies that have potential for a socio-economic impact. JUMP is designed to facilitate the researcher’s ability to leverage external funding to serve as a bridge toward product development and commercialisation/utilisation.

New for 2020

Each strand in the JUMP Call now has one deadline per year. (previously: 2 deadlines per year)

Pathfinder deadline is 30 January 2020, 14:00 CET, while the Proof of Concept deadline is 25 September 2020, 14:00 CET.

Pathfinder projects are now supported for up to 6 months (previously: 4 months)



FNR will support funding for Pathfinder projects up to 50,000 EUR for a maximum period of 6 months.

Proof of Concept

FNR will support funding for Proof of Concept projects up to 400,000 EUR to successful project applications in the domain of biomedical sciences and funding up to 200,000 EUR for any other domain for a recommended maximum period of 24 months.


  • Pathfinder deadline 30 January 2020, 14:00 CET, Proof of Concept deadline 25 September 2020, 14:00 CET.
  • Funding decisions are communicated no more than 2 months after submission deadline

Applying to Pathfinder

Pre-requisite: Research-related ideas must be scientifically validated

Applying to Proof of Concept

Pre-requisite: clear understanding and evidence of the market (Pathfinder Report or other documented similar proof of market) must be available before applying to the Proof of Concept phase and are part of a Proof of Concept application.

Panel dates information

  • Pathfinder Panel: 2 March 2020
  • Proof of Concept Biotech Panel: 12 November 2020
  • Proof of Concept Tech Panel: 13 November 2020

See also..


Innovation: JUMP 2019-2 Call for proposals

2nd International Summer School on knowledge-driven innovation & entrepreneurship

Results 2019-1 JUMP (Proof of Concept) Call


  • All
  • Information & Communication Technologies
  • Life Sciences, Biology & Medicine
  • Materials, Physics & Engineering

From lab to spin-off: NIUM – nutrition as a therapeutic tool

From lab to startup: LuxAI and QTrobot – a robot to help children with autism

We need both: start-ups and research-based spin-offs, but they need different support measures to be successful

LALA: An innovative programme to help children learn to read

Spotlight on Young Researchers: German Castignani

“Over the past 15 years public R&D spending has increased 12 fold”

Spotlight on Young Researchers: Miguel Angel Olivares Mendez

Shifting the innovation gap in Luxembourg

POC: Pocket-sized intestines – the HuMiX model enables intestinal flora to be investigated under real conditions

Luxembourg researchers develop computer models for hundreds of bacterial strains

Better driving made easy thanks to Motion-S app

Study finds eating fiber prevents gut bacteria from eating you

Clear the stage for knowledge-based business ideas

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