Results 2020 CORE Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that it has retained 43 research projects for funding, out of 157 proposals submitted in the 2020 CORE Call, representing a financial commitment of 27,5 MEUR.

CORE is the central funding programme of the FNR, with a prime objective to strengthen the scientific quality of Luxembourg’s public research in the country’s research priorities adopted by the Government on 20 December 2019.

In order to identify the most promising and most excellent projects, the FNR submits project proposals to an assessment by independent international experts. A record number of proposals were submitted in the 2020 call. Among the 157 eligible project proposals that were submitted, 43 have been retained for funding. 12 of the 43 projects are CORE Junior projects (CORE Junior PIs marked with * below).  For an additional 4 projects embedded within international collaborations, decisions from FNR’s international partner funding agencies are pending until early 2021. In the biomedical field, 4 projects pertaining to research relating to the National Cancer Plan are jointly funded by FNR and Fondation Cancer.

FNR’s CORE programme is one of the major vehicles to implement the national research priorities. Funded research projects have a duration of 2-3 years and will be implemented in Luxembourg’s research institutions.

The 2021 CORE Call was launched on 17 December 2020 – deadline 21 April 2021.

The retained projects of the CORE 2020 Call are grouped in the areas below.

Project abstracts to follow

Industrial and Service Transformation - 22 projects

Fundamental phenomena defining materials function and devices – 7 projects

Principal Investigator

Jan Lagerwall

Project title

Eye-undetectable Cholesteric LIquid crystal spheres realized by Phase Separation and Electrospray (ECLIPSE)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€749,000

Principal Investigator

Emmanuel Defay

Project title

Thermodielectric materials for energy harvesting (THERMODIMAT)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

FNR Committed

€820,000

Principal Investigator

María Belén Farias*

Project title

Optical responses of open topological semimetals (OpenTop)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€369,000

Principal Investigator

Sven Reichardt*

Project title

Resonant Raman scattering dynamics from first principles (RESRAMAN)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€361,000

Principal Investigator

Susanne Siebentritt

Project title

How Tail states in the Absorber Influence and Limit Solar cell efficiency (TAILS)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€607,000

Principal Investigator

Alexandre Tkatchenko

Project title

Broadly Applicable Methods for van der Waals Interactions in Molecules and Materials (BroadApp)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€707,000

Principal Investigator

Alex Redinger

Project title

Hybrid Perovskite Surfaces (HYPS)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€552,000

Security and cybersecurity, reliability and trust – 4 projects

Principal Investigator

Michail Papadakis

Project title

Copying with Test Flakiness (TestFlakes)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (SnT)

FNR Committed

€876,000

Principal Investigator

Marcus Völp

Project title

Hypervisor-Enforced RAdiation tolerance in multi-core SoCs for space (HERA)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (SnT)

FNR Committed

€783,000

Principal Investigator

Gabriele Lenzini

Project title

Deceptive Patterns Online (DECEPTICON)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (SnT)

FNR Committed

€969,000

Principal Investigator

Johannes Mueller*

Project title

Future-Proofing Privacy in Secure Electronic Voting (FP2)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (SnT)

FNR Committed

€670,000

Multiscale modelling in materials science and physics – 3 projects

Principal Investigator

Stéphane Bordas

Project title

Quantum-Continuum Bridging (QuaC)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€848,000

Principal Investigator

Joshua T Berryman

Project title

Quantum Infra Red Efficiently (QUIRE)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€253,000

Principal Investigator

Anas Obeidat*

Project title

A numerical homogenisation framework for characterising transport properties in stochastic porous media (PorSol)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€483,000

Future computer and communication systems – 2 projects

Principal Investigator

Björn Ottersten

Project title

Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Smart Cities (RISOTTI)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (SnT)

FNR Committed

€964,000

Principal Investigator

Symeon Chatzinotas

Project title

Self-Organised Lower Earth Orbit Mega-Constellations (MegaLEO)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (SnT)

FNR Committed

€743,000

Autonomous and intelligent systems and robotics for earth and space – 2 projects

Principal Investigator

Gregoire Danoy

Project title

Automating the Design of Autonomous Robot Swarms (ADARS)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (SnT)

FNR Committed

€692,000

Principal Investigator

Gilbert Fridgen

Project title

FinTech/RegTech in Space for Trustful Autonomous Robotic Interaction (FiReSpARX)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (SnT)

FNR Committed

€852,000

Advanced manufacturing: multifunctional, multiclass, and multiscale materials, and their implementation – 1 project

Principal Investigator

Abdelghani Laachachi

Project title

Composites recycling by using intumescent flame-retardant concept (FR4Recycling)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology (LIST)

FNR Committed

€745,000

Fundamental tools and data-driven modelling and simulation – 1 project

Principal Investigator

Alexander Steen*

Project title

Automated Reasoning with Legal Entities (AuReLeE)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€472,000

Interface-dominated materials – 1 project

Principal Investigator

Simon Jean Sylvain Bulou

Project title

Simultaneous synthesis and immobilization of noble metal-metal oxide nanohybrids by atmospheric plasma torch – application to au np decorated tio2 nanocomposites for visible light photocatalytics building blocks (PlaSprayNano)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology (LIST)

FNR Committed

€598,000

Remote sensing and combination with multiscale data – 1 project

Principal Investigator

Project title

Oil spill and VEssels monitoring from multi-tempoRal Satellite Earth observAtion dataSets (OVERSEAS)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology (LIST)

FNR Committed

€547,000

Sustainable and Responsible Development - 11 projects

Migration and Integration – 2 projects

Principal Investigator

Bernardino Tavares*

Project title

Disentangling postcolonial encounters in globalisation: a sociolinguistic-ethnographic study of Lusophone migrant workers’ positionings in third space (DisPOSEG)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€633,000

Principal Investigator

Maria Pichou

Project title

The right to liberty of migrants and asylum seekers in Europe (EurLiberty)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€378,000

Societal transformation and labour market dynamics – 2 projects

Principal Investigator

Michal Burzynski*

Project title

Labor Market Mobility: Immigration, Automation, and Inequality (LaMaM)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER)

FNR Committed

€519,000

Principal Investigator

Pierre Picard

Project title

Trade shocks and product quality (TSPQ)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€279,000

Contemporary history, memories studies and public history – 1 projects

Principal Investigator

Valérie Schafer

Project title

A history of online virality (HIVI)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (C2DH)

FNR Committed

€590,000

Cultural identities and nationhood – 1 projects

Principal Investigator

Hélène Barthelmebs-Raguin

Project title

The Feather and the literary work: French-speaking female authors of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as literary precursors (1900-2020) (FEATHER)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€644,000

Environmental monitoring – 1 projects

Principal Investigator

Alain Camille Frantz

Project title

Using landscape genetic techniques to understand the impact of habitat fragmentation on the dispersal of insect pollinators (Diptera: Syrphidae). (LandGen)

Host institution

Musée national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN)

FNR Committed

€664,000

Regulation and supervision of the data driven economy – 1 projects

Principal Investigator

Katalin Ligeti

Project title

Criminal Proceedings and the Use of AI: Challenges for Common Criminal Procedure Principles and the Principles of the Rule of Law (CRIM_AI)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€874,000

Social cohesion and inequalities – 1 projects

Principal Investigator

Andreas Irmen

Project title

The Implications of Population Aging on Cultural and Socio-economic Outcomes (CULTURAGING)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€626,000

Sustainable urban development and smart cities – 1 projects

Principal Investigator

Constance Carr

Project title

Digital Urban Development — How large digital corporations shape the field of urban governance (DIGI-GOV)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€781,000

Transition towards sustainability: energy efficiency – 1 projects

Principal Investigator

Tai-Yu Ma

Project title

Multimodal Electric Vehicle demand ReSponsive Transport (M-EVRST)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER)

FNR Committed

€618,000

Personalised Healthcare - 8 projects

Innovative molecular disease models – 4 projects

Principal Investigator

Elisabeth Letellier

Project funded together with Fondation Cancer

Project title

Investigating the role of the microbiome in colorectal cancer (MICROH_CRC) 

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€863,000

Principal Investigator

Carole Linster

Project title

From rare to common disease: Use of ATP13A2-deficient iPSC-based models for drug discovery in Parkinson’s disease (RareCom)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (LCSB)

FNR Committed

€898,000

Principal Investigator

Simone Niclou

Project funded together with Fondation Cancer

Project title

Glioma Longitudinal AnalySiS in Luxembourg (GLASS-LUX): ex vivo and in vivo Functional Profiling of Recurrent Gliomas (GLASS-LUX)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)

FNR Committed

€850,000

Principal Investigator

Jerome Paggetti

Project funded together with Fondation Cancer

Project title

Reprogramming of the leukemic microenvironment by small extracellular vesicles: from characterization to therapeutic application (EVIL)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)

FNR Committed

€563,000

Environmental, lifestyle, and socio-economic impact on mechanisms of diseases – 2 projects

Principal Investigator

Angelika Dierolf*

Project title

Cognitive Modulation of Pain in Aging – Impact of Stress and Executive Functions – a Psychophysiological Approach (PAGES)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€422,000

Principal Investigator

Camille Perchoux

Project title

Time-varying residential neighborhood effects on cardiometabolic health (MET’HOOD)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER)

FNR Committed

€606,000

Effective collection and deconvolution of complex biomedical data – 1 project

Principal Investigator

Etienne Moussay

Project funded together with Fondation Cancer

Project title

Characterization of the tumor and its microenvironment in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (TIME-CLL)

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)

FNR Committed

€571,000

Common mechanisms between diseases – mechanism-based stratification – 1 project

Principal Investigator

Carmen Jesica Venegas Maldonado*

Project title

Synergistic effect of protein aggregation and mitochondrial dysfunction on inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases (NeuroFlame)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (LCSB)

FNR Committed

€632,000

21st Century Education - 2 projects

Learning in a multilingual and diverse society – 2 projects

Principal Investigator

Christine Schiltz

Project title

(How) does language support the development of an independent symbolic number system? (SymNumDev)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€402,000

Principal Investigator

Maria Obojska*

Project title

Digital Media as Language And Literacy Learning Spaces in Multilingual Families (DigiFam)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

FNR Committed

€433,000

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