Results 2021 AFR Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 25 of 108 eligible PhD projects have been selected for funding in the 2021 AFR Call. This represents an FNR commitment of 4.4 MEUR. 5 additional projects are on the reserve list. 

50 applications were received from female applicants (12 accepted), 58 from male applicants (13 accepted).

AFR is one of the FNR’s longest-running funding schemes and now serves the specific purpose of providing funding for the training of doctoral candidates. Grants are awarded in the form of an employment contract with the host institution, rather than in the form of a scholarship.

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Funded projects

Domain Life Sciences & Biomedicine – 8 projects (+1 on waiting list)

Applicant

Julie Jia-yuan Jiang

Project title

“Development Of Planar Extended Ligand-based Ruthenium(Ii) Complexes For The Detection Via Light-up Effect And Covalent Photo-addition To G-quadruplexes”

Host institution

Free University of Brussels

Supervisor

Cécile Moucheron

Applicant

Hanane Baidarjad

Project title

Roles Of Neil3 Dna Glycosylase In Telomere Dynamics And Dna Demethylation In Glioblastoma: From Molecular Insights To Preclinical Target Validation

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)

Supervisor

Eric Van Dyck

Applicant

Tom Schreiner

Project title

Morphologic Examination Of Ciliated Epithelia In Upper Respiratory Airways With Special Consideration Of Olfactory Epithelium After Sars-cov-2-infection

Host institution

Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover

Supervisor

Wolfgang Baumgärtner

Applicant

Camille Leonard 

Project title

Morphologic Examination Of Ciliated Epithelia In Upper Respiratory Airways With Special Consideration Of Olfactory Epithelium After Sars-cov-2-infection

Host institution

CRIOBE

Supervisor

Laetitia Hedouin

Applicant

Lis Albert

Project title

A Novel Cellular Response To Endoplasmic Reticulum Damage

Host institution

Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg

Supervisor

Sebastian Schuck

Applicant

Leonardo Mastrella

Project title

One Enzyme, Two Diseases: Unveiling The Molecular Basis Of Two Congenital Disorders Of Glycosylation Caused By Defects In Gdp-mannose Pyrophosphorylase

Host institution

University of Luxembourg (LCSB)

Supervisor

Carole Linster

Applicant

Félicia Jeannelle

Project title

Deterioration Of The Locus Coeruleus- Hippocampus Axis In Alzheimer’S And Parkinson’S Disease Dementia: A Translational And Transversal Investigation Of The Impact Of Dysfunction Of The Noradrenergic System On Neurodegenerative Disorders.

Host institution

Laboratoire National de la Santé (LNS)

Supervisor

Michel Mittelbronn

Applicant

Michelle Modert

Project title

Peltate Leaf Unfolding: Analyses Of Functional Morphology And Kinematics As Bioinspiration For (Un)Folding Of Structures In Space

Host institution

Universtity of Freiburg

Supervisor

Thomas Speck 

Domain Materials, Physics & Engineering – 6 projects (+1 on waiting list)

Applicant

Ben Weber

Project title

Material Modelling, Validation And Optimisation Of Wire And Arc Additively Manufactured Stainless Steel Structures

Host institution

Imperial College London

Supervisor

Leroy Gardner

Applicant

Katrin Schelski

Project title

Composite Fiber Sensors For Monitoring Volatile Organic Compounds At High Sensitivity, High Selectivity, And No Energy Consumption

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Jan Lagerwall

Applicant

Adil Kabylda

Project title

Navigating Chemical Reaction Space With Machine Learning

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Alexandre Tkatchenko

Applicant

Déborah Feller

Project title

Towards Plasmonic Quasicrystals: Self-assembly Of Soft Colloids Into Non-periodic Superstructures

Host institution

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Supervisor

Matthias Karg

Applicant

Michael Philipp Adams

Project title

Magnetic Neutron Scattering Of Nanoparticles: Analytical Theory And Experiment Beyond The Superspin Model

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Andreas Michels

Applicant

Massimo Bilancioni

Project title

Hybrid Stochastic Thermodynamics Of Chemical Reaction Networks

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Massimiliano Esposito

Domain Societal challenges – 4 projects (+2 on waiting list)

Applicant

Tom Zago

Project title

Imperial Perimeters: Sovereignty And Territory In Early Modern Trans-imperial Spaces

Host institution

University of Cambridge

Supervisor

William O’Reilly

Applicant

Andjela Micanovic

Project title

The (Un)Intentional Collapse Of Europeanization: The Eu And The Rise Of Authoritarianism In Southeast Europe

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Josip Glaurdic

Applicant

Luca Tullio Forgiarini

Project title

The Promise Of Science – Building International Scientific Cooperation In Post-wwii Europe, 1945–1975

Host institution

Utrecht University

Supervisor

Guido Bacciagaluppi

Applicant

Mahdi Mowlaei Aghblagh

Project title

Children’S Experiences Of Multilingualism In Luxembourg At Home, School And Social Media

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Claudine Kirsch

Domain ICT – 2 projects

Applicant

Adrien Ragot

Project title

The Logical Content Of Secure Properties Of Computer Systems

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Sjouke Mauw

Applicant

Jingjing Xu

Project title

Investigating Graph Neural Networks For Open-domain Question Answering

Host institution

Univiersity of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Prof. Martin

Domain Law & Economics – 2 projects

Applicant

Neeraj Kumar Podichetty Thribhuvan

Project title

Reducing Carbon Emissions By Increased Collaborative Vessel Utilization

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Anne Lange

Applicant

David Marguerit

Project title

Artificial Intelligence, Automation And Job Content: The Implication For Wages, Job Mobility And Training

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

Supervisor

Christina Gathmann

Domain Mathematics: 2 projects

Applicant

Viola Giovannini

Project title

Rigidity Questions In Hyperbolic Geometry

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Jean-Marc Schlenker

Applicant

Richard Henry John Schmoetten

Project title

Formalising Haag-kastler Nets In Higher-order Logic

Host institution

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor

Jacques Fleuriot

Domain Sustainable resources: 1 project

Applicant

Parisa Shafiei

Project title

Cubesats For Gravity Recovery

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Olivier Francis

Projects on the reserve list are not included

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