Partner 26: (LU: Luxembourg) FNR … National Fund for Research
Since its creation in 1999, the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR - National Research Fund) has become
a key actor in building a high-quality research system in Luxembourg. The FNR provides funding for all
branches of science and the humanities with an emphasis on strategically aligned research domains.
Beyond its traditional role of funding agency, the FNR develops various thematic and strategic instruments
that help to construct Luxembourg’s profile as an international research site, notably by attracting
excellent researchers from abroad, by fostering international collaborations, by promoting collaborations
with the private sector, by promoting the industrial exploitation of research results and by supporting the
training of researchers at PhD and postdoctoral levels. Furthermore the FNR is actively promoting scientific
culture and interest in research. Within all its activities, the FNR encourages research projects that relate
to Luxembourg's socio-economic challenges and welcomes public-private partnerships involving
Luxembourg's key-players in R&D.
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. For the period of 2014-2017 the
FNR has a budget of 228 million EUR.
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 (Science in Society). The FNR relies exclusively on
independent peer review processes applying the internationally accepted quality standards when selecting
which research projects to support.