The FNR, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) and the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency LuxDev are joining forces to put forward a first pilot Call under the LuxAid BRIDGES programme, to support Research Luxembourg actors in initiating transdisciplinary research projects pertinent to development cooperation and humanitarian action, by developing partnerships for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
Projects supported within this Call should foster capacity development in partner countries and/or tackle relevant issues for development and/or humanitarian practitioners. The North-South partnerships should be characterised by the facilitation of knowledge transfer and local capacity building in terms of training, scientific methods, data, and applications with a potential to create sustainable long-term impact.
This Call will also aim to support research and development projects in thematic domains linked to development cooperation and humanitarian action, such as, for example: poverty eradication, sustainable and inclusive development, inclusive finance, development economics, international humanitarian law, technological applications, data protection, connectivity solutions etc. relevant to development and/or humanitarian practitioners and policy makers.
Project partnerships should link a research institution in Luxembourg with international and/or multilateral organisations, non-governmental development or humanitarian organisations, academic/research centres or the private sector that will either be located in a developing country (see Programme Description for more details) and/or that demonstrate a relevant activity either in one of the eligible countries and/or a strong relevance with regards to domains pertinent to development/humanitarian practitioners, organisations and/or policy makers.
The LuxAid BRIDGES programme shall contribute to:
- the support of collaborations from Luxembourg-based researchers with various (public or private) organisations either in eligible countries or with development/humanitarian practitioners, with the objective of transferring research results in areas of the world that can greatly benefit from them;
- joint projects aiming at solution-oriented research for development: sharing resources and data that would lead to strengthen participant organisations by achieving more challenging goals that would be difficult to accomplish individually;
- knowledge sharing: transfer experts’ knowledge in both directions to improve access to research resources, increase efficiency and foster innovation;
- technology assistance: transfer relevant technologies and methods to either organisations in eligible countries or humanitarian practitioners, enabling them to tackle development challenges more effectively;
- capacity building: help partner organisations in eligible countries to create or enhance their own research capacity and expertise;
- sustainable development: offering resources and expertise that will contribute to overcome development challenges and improve quality of life, sustainable development and poverty eradication in regions where needs are greatest.
In addition, the LuxAid BRIDGES programme shall contribute to fostering research and development on enabling technologies, methods and/or policies in thematic domains pertinent to development cooperation and humanitarian action that can demonstrate the potential for channelling innovation towards the projects and programs of the Luxembourg Development Cooperation and its network of partners in general.
The budget for this Call is 2 MEUR.
All applications must be submitted via the FNR Online Grant Management System.
All applications must include the Project Description form, converted into pdf, and the CV of PI.
Call for full proposals
Funding may cover the full costs of a research project, including funding for PhD candidates who are involved full-time from project start and for a max. duration of 4 years. The projects should be balanced with regards to the efforts on both sides of the collaboration, with a maximum of 70 % effort on any of the two sides, highlighting the added value with respect to development cooperation and/or humanitarian contexts.