Since 1999, the National Research Fund (FNR) has developed various thematic and structural funding instruments that helped to construct Luxembourg’s reputation as a research site. The FNR serves all branches of science and the humanities with an emphasis on strategically aligned research domains. A Performance Contract, concluded with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, sets the budgetary frame for the well-defined short- and long-term objectives.
With its current funding activities for public research, the FNR pursues a three-fold strategic objective:
- supporting researchers to build up scientific quality and excellence;
- improving Luxembourg’s research environment and institutional framework;
- promoting scientific culture, particularly among the young.
Since 2000, the FNR has thus implemented:
- various thematic and structural Research Programmes, through which research projects in priority areas for Luxembourg are financed,
- the AFR (Aides à la formation-recherche) Grant Scheme (the former BFR grants of the Ministry of Research), with the objective to financially support PhDs and Postdocs in their training,
- accompanying measures, through which scientific conferences, publications, trainings, school projects or other smaller activities may be financed,
- activities for the Promotion of Scientific Culture in Luxembourg towards the general public, and above all young people.