Luxinnovation, the national innovation agency and your National Contact Point for European funding, assists you in finding the best applicants from around the world and helps the candidate in preparing the research proposal.


Any legal entity based in Luxembourg, public or private, willing to host a postdoctoral researcher (applicant) in Luxembourg for up to 2 years for a research and innovation project. Career development and training of the applicants are an integral part of the project and need to be considered in the project description. Non-academic organisations are not required to involve academic partners, but public-private partnerships can be foreseen in the form of exchanges (so-called secondments) of the applicant from one to the other (up to 8 months which can be split between several partner organisations). The proposal is written mostly by the applicant with guidance from you, their host, for example in defining the research question. You can propose your own applicants or we can help you find them among the best experts around the world, based on their publication record in the domains you are looking for. You can submit several independent proposals with different applicants in parallel.

What is in it for you?

A funded researcher that will bring his or her academic knowledge and network to your organisation.

Why react ASAP?

The next deadline for the final proposal submission is in September 2022, meaning that successful projects can start around May 2023. However, finding appropriate applicants (see below) takes a lot of time – so does training and proposal writing.

Quick facts about MSCA PF

  • Duration: Up to 2 years; an optional, additional 6 month placement at a (separate) non-academic organisation towards the end of the project can be foreseen
  • 100% funded: salary (up to 6,340€/m gross), research/training costs (1,000€/m) and overhead (650€/m) contribution by the EC to you – you are free to top up the salary through other sources to attract the best talents. Additional funding possible for applicants with special needs.
  • Proposal (10 page) is written mostly by the applicant (postdoc) and fine-tuned by the host (you), while receiving regular (free) support from your National Contact Point at Luxinnovation
  • Optional secondments (e.g. cross sectoral research exchanges of up to 8 months with another organisation (public or private)) in Europe increase attractiveness of the proposal
  • Success rates: 15% (EU average) and higher than that for proposals that were actively supported by the National Contact Point
  • Applicant profile: PhD degree at the submission deadline (14.09.2022), no more than 8 years research experience AFTER their PhD defence

Our support

  • Identification of talented applicants: You provide us with a list of keywords describing the scientific skills you are looking for and we will identify applicants from the world’s leading academic centres (determined mostly through citation records). If you already have your own applicant(s), even better – we will help them through the application procedure as well.
  • You will receive CVs of potential applicants and select as many or as few as you like. We recommend choosing more than 1 excellent researcher if possible in order to increase your chances of success. The best candidates will have the academic skills you need and be able to work and write independently and diligently.
  • We offer (remote) training sessions and support material to the applicants and to you to help you with the proposal writing process


  • You: Deadline for sending your information to us: 17 January 2022
  • We: Identification of most promising applicants: Now-April 2022
  • We: Invitations send to potential applicants to submit their CVs: April 2022
  • Applicants: Send in CV before: 15 May 2022
  • You: Preselect applicants before: 1 June 2022
  • You: Conduct interviews, make final selection of applicants, inform outcome: 15 June 2022
  • We: Train applicants in proposal writing: End of June 2022
  • Applicants/You: Work on proposal writing: July-August 2022
  • We: Feedback / reviewing of proposals: June-August 2022
  • You/Applicants: Submission of proposal before: 14 September 2022