Country(s): Germany,

Deadline: 20-04-2023 14:00 (FNR lead)

Ongoing (DFG lead)



The FNR and the DFG have both signed Weave, a bottom-up, cross-European initiative developed by European research funders to support excellent collaborative research projects across borders (see: Weave website FNR + www.weave-research.net). Weave has been signed by 12 funding agencies from 11 European countries.

Both agencies can act as Lead Agency, i.e. collaborative proposals could be submitted either to the DFG as part of the “Normalverfahren” call or to the FNR CORE call. The applicants can freely choose the Lead Agency. If the collaborative proposal is submitted to the DFG, Luxembourg participants are required to submit an INTER application within 7 days after the joint proposal’s submission at the Lead Agency (see “Weave info for Luxembourg based researchers”).

Weave allows for the funding of bilateral (i.e. DFG + FNR) or trilateral research consortia (i.e. DFG + FNR + a third funder). Due to a step-wise implementation of Weave by the signatories, not all collaborations are already eligible in 2021. Please check the Weave-website for more details.

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WEAVE website



In addition to Weave projects, the FNR and the DFG have agreed to provide co-funding for the following DFG-Lead funding instruments:

  • Research Units (Forschungsgruppen)
  • Priority Programmes (Schwerpunktprogramme)
  • Collaborative Research Centres (Sonderforschungsbereiche)

Submitting a proposal is only allowed upon prior approval of the FNR. This is due to the fact that projects within these targeted calls may require budgets much larger than for standard research projects. Germany and Luxembourg research teams must first inform the FNR about the topic, scope and requested budget.

Based on the provided information, the FNR will decide whether to allow for an application based on the following criteria: Strategic importance for the Luxembourg research environment & budget availability.

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Both, the DFG or the FNR can act as lead-agency. Applicants can freely choose where to submit a collaborative project but must follow the rules of the respective call (also in view of project duration).
Collaborative proposals must be written in English, independent if they are submitted at the DFG or at the FNR. For proposals submitted to the DFG exceptions to this rule are possible in very well justified cases but require prior approval by the DFG and the FNR.



  • Collaborative proposals have to be submitted to the DFG via its online system (Elan)
  • Documents required by the FNR (INTER Budget, INTER Budget Details; INTER Project plan) must be submitted with the main application to the DFG
  • The Luxembourg based PI must submit an INTER application to the FNR, including the application submitted to the DFG (as pdf) along with the FNR INTER documents no later than 7 days after the DFG submission
  • Applications to the FNR must be submitted through the FNR’s Online Grant Management System


  • Collaborative proposals have to be submitted to the FNR CORE call by 14:00 CET on the day of the call deadline
  • Documents required by the DFG must be submitted with the main application to the FNR by 14:00 CET on the day of the call deadline (check with the DFG for more info).
  • The German based co-applicant must submit the application submitted to the DFG no later than 7 days after the FNR CORE deadline (via elan)

Please check the FNR CORE documents for more information.


The Lead Agency will evaluate and select the proposals, in compliance with international standards, and propose a funding decision on behalf of both organisations. The Lead Agency will make use of the standard review procedures used in the respective funding programme to which the proposals are submitted.

To be recommended for funding, a Weave proposal must be ranked among the top 20% in the respective funding programme (funding threshold). A higher funding threshold might be acceptable, if the Luxembourg researchers have teamed with groups from Germany (DFG) and/or Switzerland (SNSF).

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