(CS/BB) Luxembourg research projects were granted 19.9 million euros between January 2014 and February this year as part of the EU Horizon 2020 project.
Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest ever research and innovation programme, with 80 billion euros earmarked to be invested over a seven-year period from 2014 until 2020. It is aimed at maintaining European competitiveness by helping fund research projects with an emphasis on excellence in science, industrial leadership and societal challenges.
Out of 340 applications for funding submitted by Luxembourg research bodies, 67 were granted between January last year and this February. With a success rate of 19.7 percent this places Luxembourg well above the EU average of 16.75 percent and up there with major research centres, such as France, which also boasted a 19.7 percent success rate. The number of projects funded, however, pales in comparison with 1,533 applications from France granted.
Education State Secretary Marc Hansen welcomed the good results at a press conference this week, saying that it showed the progress of the country's public research facilities, but also the professionalisation of services such as Luxinnovation.
The Horizon 2020 success comes alongside a major funding achievement for the University of Luxembourg. Physicist Prof Dr Jan Lagerwall was granted the European Research Council's Consolidator Grant this year, a first for Luxembourg. The two-million euro cash boost was given for his research on liquid crystals.
Read more about Horizon 2020 on Luxinnovation's horizon2020.lu platform.