National Research Fund
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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.
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Andreea Monnat