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National Funding for Public Research Organisations

The National Research Fund (FNR) is the primary financial source for supporting public research projects and researchers in Luxembourg. 

Dedicated to strengthening the excellence and competitiveness of Luxembourg Public Research Organisations, the FNR has put in place several research programmes:

  • CORE, designed to support several thematic research priorities
  • INTER, which aims to promote international cooperation in the field of research
  • ATTRACT, where the objective is to attract young and promising researchers to Luxembourg
  • PEARL, designated for attracting experienced and internationally renowned researchers to Luxembourg

Along with these research programmes, the FNR manages several aid schemes:

  • AFR Grant Scheme, ("Aides à la formation recherche") is a grant scheme supporting researchers in their doctoral and postdoctoral training
  • Accompanying measures, which extend financial support to a number of initiatives in the field of research: promotion of scientific culture, training and mobility of researchers, organisation of scientific conferences, scientific publications
  • ERC Grant Support, which supports and encourages Luxembourg’s participation in calls for project proposals launched by the European Research Council (ERC)