Country(s): Germany,

Deadline: 22-04-2020 14:00 (FNR lead) (postponed to 4 May 2020)

Ongoing (DFG lead)

Funding for COVID-19 research: 

Various partner agencies of the FNR have launched calls for proposals concerning Sars-CoV-2 offering international consortia to submit proposals for research projects tackling COVID19. The calls will be handled under the lead-agency procedure and FNR is prepared to finance the Luxembourg part (eligible to FNR support) of successful projects.

Call launch: 19 March, Deadline: a) Letter of Interest: 1 July 2020, b) Proposals: 1 September 2020;

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DFG will act as lead-agency and allows for bilateral consortia (DFG-FNR), trilateral consortia including Austrian or Swiss partners are possible upon former approval by the involved funding agencies (FWF, SNSF) and provided that the majority of funds are requested for project work in Germany. Visit the DFG website for more information.

Luxembourg based researchers participating in the above calls, have to submit an INTER proposal to the FNR via our online grant management system within 5 working days after the deadline (for proposals only, not for the letter of intent). Please select the relevant lead-agency (SNSF, FWF, or DFG) for the submissions. The normal INTER rules apply.  


Funding under the FNR – DFG cooperation agreement is limited to bilateral projects with a maximum duration of 3 years. All proposals submitted within the DFG – FNR agreement must demonstrate the added value of the cooperation between German and Luxembourg-based scientists.

Proposals under this agreement must be submitted in line with the guidelines for the FNRs CORE programme. Submissions to the FNR under the DFG – FNR agreement must adhere to the CORE priority research domains.

The project is funded by both the DFG and the FNR respectively, according to national rules (‘Normalverfahren’) of the DFG and the CORE programme rules.



In order to determine whether the DFG or FNR will serve as lead agency, applicants must calculate the person months of the involved collaborators in the project beforehand (this includes any contributing collaborators). The agency funding the part of the project with the most person months will serve as the lead agency.

  • Please note all joint applications must also be submitted to the FNR by the Luxembourg-based scientist, even if the FNR is not the lead agency.
  • This must be done no later than 5 days after the lead agency deadline, and the FNR INTER documents must be included in the submission.


Applications for which the FNR acts as lead agency must be submitted by the FNR’s annual CORE deadline. Applications for which the DFG serves as Lead Agency can be submitted anytime under ‘Normalverfahren’.


The proposal is evaluated by the lead agency only, according to national rules. The partner funding organisation accepts the evaluation results as a basis for its decision process.


In addition to CORE bilateral 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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