LUXEMBOURG (29/07/2015)


Presentation given during the 2015 Research and Innovation Tour


"Research, Innovation and Science: Cooperation between EU Member States, Associated Countries, the European Union and China: A Testimony of Excellence"  pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Priority fields of cooperation

ICT, social sciences

Main initiatives and programmes

  • Luxinnovation, the national agency for innovation and research assists in providing funding for research, development and innovation activities in Luxembourg. A wide range of financial aids is available to support R&D activities in both the public and the private sector.
  • Academic cooperation schemes, not limited to China are all coordinated by the National Research Fund (FNR) in Luxembourg
  • INTER: the INTER Mobility Programme has been developed as a means to fund research stays abroad from Luxembourg researchers as well as visits to Luxembourg from foreign researchers (6 weeks to 1 year).
  • PEARL: With the PEARL programme, the FNR wishes to provide the institutions with a proactive means to attract internationally recognised senior researchers who will transfer and establish their research programme in Luxembourg in order to accelerate the development of and to strengthen the national research priorities. 
  • ERCIM Grants (European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics) are intended to attract young researchers of post-doctoral level from anywhere in the world to work on a research problem in informatics and mathematics at two research centres in the ERCIM network.
  • AFR: The ‘Aides à la Formation-Recherche’ (AFR) scheme provides grants for PhD and postdoctoral research training.  The AFR programme has no thematic limitations and is open to all researchers, regardless of their nationality, desirous to engage into research training in Luxembourg or abroad. In the selection process, the interest of the project in the context of Luxembourg R&D will nevertheless be evaluated.
  • EURAXESS Luxembourg: Provides research positions & fellowships in Luxembourg; advice & support on mobility to the country.

Information on bilateral agreements

  • Bilateral agreement for cultural cooperation signed in 1979 between the People’s Republic of China and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on co-operation in the fields of culture, arts, science, education and sports. The last five-year executive programme was signed in Beijing on 29 November 2005.
  • Under this agreement, several agreements have been signed between the University of Luxembourg and Beijing Renmin University, Shanghai Tongji University as well as Shandong University to provide for students’ and researchers’ exchanges.


EURAXESS "Funding Guide for Researchers Mobility and Collaboration between Europe and China" 2015

  • ATTRACT Programme – research mobility grants to Luxembourg
  • PEARL Programme – mobility grants for senior researchers to Luxembourg
  • AFR PhD Grants – PhD research training
  • Public Private Partnerships under AFR – PhD and postdoc training in academic industry collaboration
  • INTER Mobility Programme 


Scientific Country Profile Luxembourg

National Research Fund (FNR)

Luxembourg Portal for Innovation and Research


Aides à la Formation-Recherche (AFR)