The FNR is an active member in several international research associations, including:
Science Europe is an association of major European research funding and research performing organisations in 27 countries. Established in 2011 to promote the collective interests of its members and to foster collaboration between them, the FNR has been a strong supporter since the beginning.
Marc Schiltz, FNR Secretary General and Executive Head, is the current President of Science Europe, following an election in November 2017. He was previously a member of the Science Europe Governing Board from 2015-17.
In addition to Marc Schiltz holding the Presidency, the FNR is involved in the following Science Europe activities:
- Working Group on Open Access to Scientific Publications
- Working Group on Research Integrity– as part of the activities for this working group, the FNR chaired the revision group of the European Code of Conduct.
- Working Group on Research Data
- Working Group on Research Careers
- High-level Policy Network on Cross-Border Collaboration
- Science Europe Practical Guide on Improving Gender Equality
- Intersectoral Mobility Schemes in Science Europe Member Organisations report
- Science Europe Statement on Open Access
- Science Europe: Seven Reasons to Care About Research Integrity
Global Research Council
The Global Research Council (GRC) is a virtual organisation, comprised of the heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world, dedicated to promote the sharing of data and best practices for high-quality collaboration among funding agencies worldwide.
The FNR regularly takes part in GRC regional meetings, as well as the annual meeting of the GRC. In his capacity as President of Science Europe, Marc Schiltz will join the Governing Board of the GRC as one of the three representatives from Europe.
The European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO) brings together experts who are dealing with questions about research integrity, to enhance research integrity within Europe in a world with growing international cooperation. Currently, 28 member organisations within 22 European countries are part of this informal network. Membership is open to representatives of national offices and national organisations, as well as other relevant bodies or groups that support the goal of ENRIO with interests in and responsibility for matters of research integrity.
The FNR has been a member of the ENRIO network since 2010, and since 2011 has maintained a Research Integrity Commission with international experts.
Asael Rouby, legal advice and research integrity officer of the FNR is currently Vice Chair of the Board of ENRIO.
International Council for Science (ICSU)
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.
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:
European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
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.
EUROPEAN RESEARCH CONSORTIUM IN IT & MATHEMATICS (ERCIM)
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.