The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is the main funder of research activities in Luxembourg. They invest public funds and private donations into research projects in various branches of science and the humanities, with an emphasis on selected core strategic areas. Furthermore, they support and coordinate activities to strengthen the link between science and society and to raise awareness for research. They also advise the Luxembourg government on research policy and strategy.
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.
To set up a sustainable world-class research system in Luxembourg that will generate societal and economic impact in key strategic areas.
The FNR aims to be a driving force for Luxembourg’s innovation capabilities and focuses on the following three strategic objectives to foster research with impact:
Attaining scientific leadership in key areas
By setting the highest quality standards, they contribute to establishing international research excellence in Luxembourg. By attracting and training the most talented scientists, they help to build critical mass in key research areas, thereby supporting economic development and societal progress.
Turning public research into a competitive advantage for Luxembourg
They support the advancement of Luxembourg’s knowledge-based economy by supporting industry-informed research, by reinforcing co-operation between public research and innovative industries and by facilitating the commercial exploitation of research results.
Anchoring Science and Research in Society
They promote the active involvement of researchers and scientists in addressing current and future societal challenges. To ensure that research is established sustainably in the public consciousness as an important pillar of Luxembourg’s knowledge society, they support an active exchange between scientists and the public at large.