International Networking & Policy

For Luxembourg researchers, it is essential to network with their foreign colleagues. Funding for networking activities is provided through a participation in the following international schemes:


COST is a European cooperation measure in the field of scientific and technical research. It does not fund research itself but provides a platform for European scientists to cooperate on a particular project and exchange expertise. These projects are called “Actions”.

COST financing is restricted to coordination expenses (meetings between teams, publication expenses, short travel assignments of young researchers, etc.); the cost of the research itself is borne by each country under national programmes.

The initiative of launching a COST Action comes from the European researchers themselves. Researchers who wish to launch a new Action submit a proposal to the continuous COST Open Call for Proposals. Projects presented at the initiative of researchers involve between five and 25 countries (15 on average).

If you wish to participate in an ongoing COST Action please complete the COST Action form and send it to Dr Helena Burg (FNR). You will then be nominated to the COST Action and from then you will have the full rights to participate in the Action meetings.


ERCIM Grants

ERCIM grants are intended to attract young researchers of post-doctoral level from anywhere in the world to work on a research problem at two research centres in the ERCIM network. Applicants wishing to benefit from these fellowships send their applications at the indicated deadlines (2 per year) to ERCIM using a form which can be downloaded from the ERCIM website.

The FNR announces open ERCIM calls in its online newsletter FNR Info.


ERCIM News is the magazine of ERCIM. It reports on joint actions of the ERCIM partners, and aims to reflect the contribution made by ERCIM to the European Community in Information Technology.

Through short articles and news items, it provides a forum for the exchange of information between the institutes and also with the wider scientific community.

Published quarterly, the magazine is distributed within 40 countries, and can, practically, reach over 10,000 researchers, scientists and decision makers in the field of information and communication technologies.

The FNR announces new calls for contributions to ERCIM News via its online newsletter FNR Info. Researchers from Luxembourg are strongly encouraged to submit their articles.


Founded in 1974, the European Science Foundation is an umbrella organisation for national funding organisations and research institutions, with the objective of reinforcing scientific co-operation in Europe.

The ESF is primarily a platform for science policy-making organisations but also offers researchers a whole series of funding schemes, which support cross-border research co-operation, networking and the expansion of infrastructures.

The ESF’s Research Networking Programmes lay the foundation for nationally funded research groups to address major scientific and research infrastructure issues, in order to advance the frontiers of existing science. These long-term programmes, subject to selection through an open call and an international peer review process, must deal with high-quality science and demonstrate the added value of being carried out at the European level.

Nowadays, in the globalised world of R&D, it is more than crucial to be aware of the latest developments in international research policy. Below are sources to keep up to date with international policy:


The FNR’s membership in ICSU aims to facilitate international cooperation with non-European countries. Indeed, in order to strengthen international science for the benefit of society, ICSU mobilises the knowledge and resources of the international science community to:

  • Identify and address major issues of importance to science and society.
  • Facilitate interaction amongst scientists across all disciplines and from all countries.
  • Promote the participation of all scientists – regardless of race, citizenship, language, political stance, or gender – in the international scientific endeavour.
  • Provide independent, authoritative advice to stimulate constructive dialogue between the scientific community and governments, civil society, and the private sector.
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