Opportunities for Researchers

To support innovation, the FNR runs targeted funding schemes to:

  • Support knowledge transfer and the successful commercialisation of innovative research ideas, and:
  • Facilitate partnerships between public research institutions and companies.


JUMP: Financial support to make innovative research ideas from public research institutions in Luxembourg more attractive to potential investors. Two deadlines per year, in April and November.

KITS: Knowledge and innovation transfer support. Provides competitive funding for public research institutions in Luxembourg, enabling them to attract and integrate Knowledge Transfer Officers (TTO). Annual call with deadline in November.


BRIDGES: Short to mid-term (1 – 3 years) collaborative research projects between researchers employed at a public research institution in Luxembourg and a company based either in Luxembourg or abroad.

Industrial Fellowships: PhD or Postdoc grants with research carried out in collaboration with a Luxembourg-based industry partner.

IPBG: Industrial Partnership Block Grant. Block allocation of PhD and/or Postdoc grants for industrial partnerships between research institutions and industry partners in Luxembourg.

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).


Collaborations between researchers and companies are a win-win for both sides: researchers get the chance to take their research to the next level and see it make an impact, while businesses gain access to creative minds.

Collaborating with a company offers a wealth of benefits for researchers at public research institutions, including:

  • Access to real data;
  • Boosting the impact of research results;
  • Opportunity to utilise your expertise to solve real, tangible problems arising from industry;
  • Increased understanding of the needs of the business and the chance to identify new avenues for collaboration;
  • Increased employability

“PPPs can be an efficient instrument that allows the scientists at the University to define new and highly topical fields for fundamental research. Deepening the understanding of physical processes in technically relevant materials can help the industrial partner to substantially improve their product.” – Dr Roland Sanctuary, University of Luxembourg, worked on CORE-PPP with Goodyear Innovation Center

You can also use the FNR Project Finder to search for projects that have received PoC and KITS funding.


Dr Andreea Monnat


+352 26 19 25-53



LuxAI, JUMP beneficiary

Black Swan LUX, JUMP (PoC) beneficiary

Motion-S, JUMP (PoC) beneficiary


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.

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.

Spotlight on Young Researchers: Maciej Piotr Chrzanowski

Maciej Piotr Chrzanowski never thought he would become a researcher, but a successful attempt at applying for a PhD changed all of that, and the Polish national found himself moving to Luxembourg. Now in the 3rd year of his AFR-PPP PhD, Maciej is embedded both at the University of Luxembourg and in R&D Application Department of steel manufacturing corporation ArcelorMittal, where he works on development of new solutions for structures.

We need both: start-ups and research-based spin-offs, but they need different support measures to be successful

While the United States is the acknowledged leader in the creation of research-based spin-offs, Europe and especially Luxembourg lag behind tremendously. The FNR’s Head of Innovation, Andreea Monnat, explains why the country needs both start-ups and research-based spin-offs – and why they need different support measures in order to succeed.

Spotlight on Young Researchers: Ramona Pelich

Ramona Pelich uses data from satellites in space to improve maritime surveillance and flood hazard monitoring. Splitting her time between the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the company LuxSpace as part of her AFR-PPP Postdoc, the Romanian national’s work has already found direct application when flood maps she co-developed were used in the aftermath of destructive 2017 hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

LALA: An innovative programme to help children learn to read

Almost half of the 5,000 children to start pre-school in Luxembourg each year struggle to learn to read, failing to reach the minimum national reading standard by age nine, with 10 percent going on to develop severe reading difficulties. In an innovative approach to help the children before they fail, a University of Luxembourg team led by psychologist Dr Pascale Engel de Abreu has developed the pre-literacy programme ‘LALA – Lauter lëschteg Lauter’, tested with over 200 preschool children and showing positive results.

Spotlight on Young Researchers: German Castignani

After doing his Master’s degree and working in the private sector in Argentina, German Castignani decided to do a research internship in France, which piqued his interest for research. After completing his PhD in wireless networking in France, the Italian-Argentinian national came to Luxembourg, where he added an entrepreneurial perspective to his vehicular telematics research, co-founding the SnT’s first spin-off Motion-S.

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