Introducing Innovation & Industry Partnerships

Research and innovation is at the heart of Luxembourg’s future success. They are critical to growth in productivity and business investment, to the comparative advantages in the global race, and to the ability to address societal challenges.


Innovative companies work with researchers on the future. The FNR helps bring research and industry together, through facilitating research and development partnerships. Such collaborations are a win-win for both sides: businesses gain access to creative minds, while researchers get the chance to take their research to the next level and see it make an impact.


It is the FNR’s vision to establish Luxembourg as a leading knowledge-based society through science, research and innovation, thereby contributing to the country’s economic diversification and future prosperity.

FNR-funded research should have the biggest possible impact on practice and services in Luxembourg. Innovative research will have a socio-economic impact, but innovations alone are not enough: they only make sense if placed in a functioning eco-system.

Industrial Fellowships and BRIDGES are the funding instruments specifically aimed at fostering collaboration between research and business, while the programmes JUMP and KITS are aimed at researchers, to foster knowledge transfer and getting prototypes ready for investment. The Industrial Partnership Block Grant (IPBG) awards a block allocation of PhD and/or Postdoc grants (Industrial Fellowships) in which Luxembourg-based industry partner(s) take the lead in arranging a research programme with a Luxembourg-based public research institution of their choice (in research relevant to FNR’s strategic priority areas).

We also run joint thematic BRIDGES calls with Luxembourg ministries in the fields of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture); Healthtech (Ministry of the Economy & Luxinnovation); High Performance Computing (Ministry of the Economy & Luxinnovation); Defense (Ministry of Defense); and Luxaid (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs & LuxDev).


Results 2021 JUMP21 Call

MECO-FNR-Luxinnovation joint Healthtech Call

European Innovation Scoreboard 2020: Luxembourg joins Innovation Leaders

Official launch of the Luxembourg Digital Innovation Hub

EU Innovation Scoreboard: Luxembourg first for ‘Attractive research systems’

Luxembourg launches business-focused national space agency

Luxembourg is Innovation Leader

Results 2018-1 BRIDGES Call

Results 2018-1 Industrial Fellowships Call

JUMP: Pathfinder & Proof of Concept results Call 2018-1

PoC: Results 2017-2 Call

CORE-PPP: 2017-2 Call results

AFR-PPP: Results 2017-1 Call

AFR-PPP 2016-2: Funded projects

CORE-PPP 2016-2: Funded projects

New FNR funding instrument: Industrial Partnership Block Grant (IPBG)

Start-up “Motion-S” wins Mind & Market competition

First success for FNR’s Proof of Concept Programme : Launch of the Spin-off “Motion-S”


Spotlight on Young Researchers – revisited 5 years later: From drones to space robotics

When we wrote about Miguel Olivares Mendez in the 2017 edition of Spotlight on Young Researchers, the researcher was working on an FNR JUMP project, focussing on developing algorithms for autonomous drones. The robotics scientist has continued to build his research career in Luxembourg – 5 years later, Miguel is a Professor leading a research group with a focus on space robotics.

From lab to startup: LuxAI and QTrobot – a robot to help children with autism

Luxembourg start-up LuxAI, with their socially assistive robot QTrobot, has been making waves on an international level since it was created. The FNR has supported the project from its inception through the development of a prototype, helping bridge the gap between lab and commercialisation. We speak to LuxAI founders Dr Pouyan Ziafati and Dr Aida Nazarikhorram about the LuxAI journey so far; how QTrobot came to be and how parents can now have a QTrobot at home.

From lab to spin-off: NIUM – nutrition as a therapeutic tool

‘You are what you eat’ – an increasing amount of scientific evidence suggests that our diet has an impact on many aspects of our health, and it promises to play a key role in personalised healthcare in the future. We speak to scientist-turned-entrepreneur Alberto Noronha, who recently launched the LCSB/University of Luxembourg spin-off NIUM about his mission to use metabolism as a tool to improve health and which support helped him bring his idea from lab to market.

Using data from space to improve maritime surveillance

Splitting her time between the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and company LuxSpace as part of an Industrial Fellowship, Postdoc Ramona Pelich uses data from earth observation satellites to improve maritime surveillance and flood hazard monitoring.

Joining forces to create the tires of the future

Corporate researchers and independent scientists are working closely and successfully together in a six-year programme.

Research meets industry: A mine planning methodology for space

In this article, we speak to mining expert Carlos Daniel Espejel and ispace Europe, who as part of an Industrial Fellowship between the lunar exploration company, the University of Luxembourg and the University of New South Wales, have joined forces to come up with a methodology for space mining.

Research meets industry: An autonomous lunar rover for space exploration

In this article, we speak to PhD researcher Philippe Ludivig and ispace Europe, who, as part of an Industrial Fellowship between the space exploration company and the University of Luxembourg’s SnT, have joined forces. The goal of they research project is to teach a small lunar rover how to find its way around on the Moon, so that it can take decisions autonomously.

Research meets industry: A technique to enrich Moon minerals

In this article, we speak to Mechanical Engineer and PhD researcher Joshua Rasera, who as part of an Industrial Fellowship collaboration between ispace Europe and Imperial College London is working on a technique to enrich materials found in the Lunar soil.

Spotlight on Young Researchers: Christof Ferreira Torres

Can we truly trust current blockchain technology to securely automate important processes in the financial sector? Christof Ferreira Torres wants to answer this question. In the framework of his Industrial Fellowship PhD with the University of Luxembourg and the bank Spuerkeess (BCEE), the Portuguese national works on the security of smart contracts and the detection of fraudulent transactions – because gaps in security can quickly mean high costs for thousands of people.

Spotlight on Young Researchers: Thomas Schaubroeck

Thomas Schaubroeck specialises in sustainability assessment of products. We speak to the Belgian national about the research he is undertaking in the framework of an Industrial Fellowship between the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and company Tarkett; how working with industry differs from academia; and how he hopes his research can help industry steer toward a more sustainable future.


Dr Andreea Monnat, Head of Innovation

+352 691 36 28 09


Dr Richard Nakath, Programme Manager

+352 691 36 28 23

Dr Sakthivel Sundharam, Programme / Innovation Manager

+352 691 36 28 30


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