ATTRACT 2011 Call_

Going live 20 December 2010:
All new proposals for the 2011 Call will have to be submitted via the new online system!

The ATTRACT Programme aims to build on the excellence, dynamism and creativity of research in Luxembourg by attracting young researchers with a high level of ability in science or technology and proven experience in a professional research context.

The programme is designed for researchers not yet established in Luxembourg; it offers them the opportunity to set up an independent research team within a public-sector research institution in Luxembourg that is willing to host them. Research proposals should be submitted jointly by the candidate and the host institution.

Projects submitted should be innovative and of high scientific quality. Candidates must be able to show that they have gained a minimum of two and a maximum of eight years’ professional experience since successful completion of doctoral studies. Projects selected under the ATTRACT programme have a lifespan of five years and the financial contribution by the FNR will be up to EUR 1,500,000.

The National Research Fund launches annual calls for proposals.

The ATTRACT 2011 Call has the following mandatory deadlines:

1 February 2011 (14:00 CET)
Joint submission by the candidate and the Luxembourg host research institution of a pre-proposal form with a brief project description

• Up to 3 weeks after the pre-proposal deadline
The FNR invites candidates to submit a full proposal

• 15 April 2011 (14:00 CET – or following working day)
Joint submission of the full proposal

• End of June – beginning of July 2011
Evaluation panel meeting and interviews

• 10 July 2011
Funding decision by the FNR and information of candidates

The exact dates will be published on the FNR website and will be communicated to the applicants in due time.

Modifications since 2010:
• Grant size up to EUR 1,500,000
• Full-time PhD working 100% on project can be included in ATTRACT project budget (& AFR grants are still an option)
• Candidates outside of the eligibility period of the candidate (award date of doctoral degree plus 2 – 8 years prior to the date of the pre-proposal deadline) may be allowed to submit in case of eligible career breaks, which must be properly documented
• Online submission via FNR grant management system

The ATTRACT Programme Description & Guidelines for Applicants are available on

Contact at the FNR:
Frank Glod, PhD

ATTRACT 2011 Programme Description (.PDF)

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