New FNR funding for LIST

Published on 13/01/2020

In December 2019, the FNR announced funding for the CORE, PSP-CLASSIC, BRIDGE, JUMP (Proof of Concept) and INTER programmes. In total, LIST will obtain €5.291 million for 12 projects. This is further proof of the quality of projects submitted by LIST researchers.

Here, sorted by funding programme, are the titles of the selected projects, the main contact and the respective amounts granted by the FNR:


CORE is the central funding programme of the FNR, with a prime objective to strengthen the scientific quality of Luxembourg’s public research in strategic priority areas.

Selected LIST projects:

Design of LoRaWAN protocol Optimisation over SATellite Connection for precision agriculture applications (LoRaSAT)
Contact: Maria Rita Palattella
FNR funding: €572,000

Deposition of Multifunctional COATings with Interpenetrating Hydrogel Networks by Liquid nanopulsed Plasma Polymerization (COATIHN)
Contact: Roberto Quintana Vicente
FNR funding: €590,000

Strain-engineering the hole mobility in off-stoichiometric copper chromium delafossite (STEERMOB)
Contact: Petru Lunca Popa
FNR funding: €657,000

Cluster Assembled Materials Tuning for Sensing (CLASMARTS)
Contact: Emanuele Barborini
FNR funding: €764,000

Diatoms as indicators of soil conditions: a high throughput sequencing approach (DISCO)
Contact: Carlos Wetzel
FNR funding: €466,000

ClimAte and Plant hydruAlics Controls on drought predIction uncertainty in a new-generation Terrestrial sYstem model (CAPACITY)
Contact: Mauro Sulis
FNR funding: €522,000



The aim of the “Promoting Science to the Public” funding programme is to bring science closer to society, in particular to Luxembourg society. The scheme funds projects that allow the target audience to interactively come into contact with science and research. 

Selected LIST project:

Science to be Green
Contact: Elorri Igos
FNR funding: €30,500



The BRIDGES programme (formerly CORE-PPP) provides financial support for industry partnerships between public research institutions in Luxembourg and national or international companies. The next Call deadline is April 2020.

Selected LIST projects:

Contact: Alexandre Bertrand
Industry partner: ArcelorMittal Belval & Differdange S.A. (AMBD)
FNR funding: €278,114.71

SKin Inflammation imaging by MAss Spectrometry (SKIMAS)
Contact: Gilles Frache
Industry partner: Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique
FNR funding: €400,000

High Efficient Water Splitting over Fe:NaTaO3 Photocatalysts (HEPHOTO)
Contact: Bianca Rita Pistillo
Industry partner: 3D-Oxydes
FNR funding: €399,993.26


JUMP – Proof of Concept

The FNR JUMP programme is designed to help bridge the technical and funding gap between research-driven discoveries and their commercialisation/utilisation

Selected LIST project:

Maintenance of Semantic Annotations 2 (MAISA 2)
Contact: Cédric Pruski
FNR funding: €183,400 



The INTER Programme is the FNR’s main funding instrument to foster international collaboration. It aims to give Luxembourg’s public research a higher profile in the international context by providing funding for international collaboration.

Selected LIST project:

Machine learning based enhancements of security contrained optimal power flow computations (ML4SCOPF)
Contact: Florin Capitanescu
FNR funding: €428,000
Partner institution: Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique de Belgique (FNRS)


Industrial Fellowship

LIST is also a partner in a project funded by the Industrial Fellowship programme, which aims to foster cooperation between Luxembourg companies active in R&D and public research institutions in Luxembourg and/or abroad. The programme awards PhD and Postdoc grants to researchers who carry out their training in collaboration with a company in Luxembourg.

Visual Analytics for Tire Engineers (VIANA)
Applicant: Vasile Ciorna, University of Bordeaux
Industry partner: Goodyear S.A.
Contact LIST: Mohammad Ghoniem

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