Advantages – Young researcher: Postdoctoral fellowships

  • Learn how to write competitive research proposals
  • Put forward a strong argument to convince the research group of your choice and submit a successful application
  • Prove your excellence and stand out from the crowd
  • Move to a different country and learn new skills
  • No (maximal) limitation on career stage
  • Open to participants from all over the world

Kindly note that you will be evaluated based on your project, not (only) on past achievements; in other words your publication record is not the primary criterion

Advantages for companies

  • Attract oustanding key expertise to your organisation from leading research groups around the world
  • Project costs (e.g. researcher salaries, travel costs, equipment) are covered 100%, plus 25% additional overhead
  • Easy budgeting: Based on lump sums (fixed sum multiplied by person and months)
  • Bottom-up: all research fields are covered
  • Special budget for private companies of all sizes; success rates (EU average) around 30%
  • Multiple projects can be submitted in parallel
  • Luxinnovation will help you find matching candidates

Advantages for public research institutions

  • Fund interdisciplinary projects outside of your main grants
  • Make your own research visible to the world
  • Get expertise in writing and supervising EU grants
  • Get help from Luxinnovation’s experts; in 2019, the success rate for MSCA IF proposals reviewed by Luxinnovation was 42%


  • December 2019 | Deadline for organisations from Luxembourg to express their interest in receiving support
  • December 2019 – March 2020| Research by Luxinnovation of world experts in the domains of the LU expressions of interest
  • March 2020 |Publishing of LU expressions of interest (see below)
  • 1st May 2020 | Deadline for candidate CVs
  • 1st June 2020 | Deadline for LU organisations to confirm or decline applicants
  • June 2020 | Workshop for LU applicants (webstreamed if possible; no funding available for travel costs to attend the workshop)
  • June – September 2020 | Candidates work on proposals together with the host; Luxinnovation reviews proposals and provides feedback upon request; please adhere to recommendations and guidelines before asking for a review (e.g. here)
  • 24th August – 9th September 2020 | Holidays, support from Luxinnovation not guaranteed
  • 9th September 2020 | Final deadline for submission to the European Commission; it is highly recommended to submit your proposal before this deadline; the servers tend to be overloaded every year as 10’000 researchers submit their proposal around the same time.

Opportunities in Luxembourg