The National Research Fund ("Fonds National de la Recherche", FNR), which was established in 1999, fosters the creation of a pool of knowledge and expertise in Luxembourg. Ever since its establishment, the FNR has constantly striven for optimal conditions in national research to enable the sector to reach international standards.
The FNR caters to all branches of science and the humanities, with an emphasis on strategically aligned research domains. A multiannual performance contract signed with the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, sets the budget for the FNR's well-defined short and long-term objectives. With its current funding for public research, the FNR pursues a three-fold strategic objective:
Since 2000, the FNR has implemented several thematic and structural research programmes through which research projects in priority areas for Luxembourg are financed. The main programmes include:
Calls for proposals are addressed to public institutions authorised to undertake R&D activities, and selected projects are partly or completely funded by the FNR.
Since 2008, the FNR has also been in charge of allocating research training grants (Aides à la Formation-Recherche, AFR grants) which offer financial support to PhDs and post-docs. The scheme helps to improve researchers’ working conditions by facilitating the access of early-stage researchers to work contracts and additional training opportunities. The AFR scheme also promotes public/private partnerships by offering incentives for research projects carried out in collaboration with the private sector.
In addition to the research programmes, the FNR has implemented financial supports through which the promotion of scientific culture, the training and mobility of researchers as well as scientific conferences, scientific monographs or other smaller activities may be financed.
Increasing importance is given to the promotion of scientific culture in Luxembourg. FNR financial support and/or organisational work for events like the Science Festival or Researchers' Days illustrates the efforts made to bridge the gap between science and society, in particular for the younger generation.
Year of creation: 1999
President of the Board of Administration: Yves ELSEN
President of the Scientific Council: François MEYER
Secretary General: Prof. Dr Marc SCHILTZ