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European Funding Opportunities

Horizon 2020

EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020

For European and Luxembourg research organisations or innovative companies, Horizon 2020 is a unique opportunity to join European-wide or international teams to further their research agenda.

Horizon 2020 addresses a wide range of organisations: universities, research centres, industry, and specifically SMEs. Horizon 2020 also covers the full range of research and innovation. It offers opportunities for “bottom-up” fundamental research, industry-led participation, and collaborative research around pre-defined domains (so-called Societal Challenges). 

Horizon 2020 funding is allocated following competitive calls on specific topics. Typically, projects are carried out by international and sometimes inter-sectorial (i.e. private and public) project teams (consortia) in about three years. A project is led by a coordinator, who orchestrates the set-up of the project proposal, and later on ensures the link between the European Commission and the project participants. Funding is allocated on the basis of reimbursement of eligible costs, with funding rates from 70% to 100%.

Preparing a European research and innovation project is a process that requires careful planning, from identifying relevant calls, to finding partners, drafting the proposal, and submitting it on time. The proposals will be evaluated by experts on the basis of three criteria: ‘excellence’, ‘impact’ and ‘quality and efficiency of the implementation’.

Please contact the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point team, supported by the European Commission, with questions about European funding opportunities for your organisation. In Luxembourg, Luxinnovation acts as NCP for Horizon 2020.

In the past Framework Programme, from 2007 to 2013, Luxembourg-based organisations have participated in over 230 projects.  



Obtain funding for your collaborative R&D in new processes, adaptive manufacturing systems and the factory of the future

Luxinnovation and the Ministry of the Economy have joined MANUNET. The strategic objective of the MANUNET call for proposals is to foster the competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry by co-funding manufacturing research projects performed by enterprises and their strategic partners.

MANUNET project consortia must consist of at least two independent partners (and include at least one SME) belonging to two participating countries or two regions in different countries. SMEs and large enterprises in Luxembourg can be funded.

What is a MANUNET project?

  • close to market projects
  • transnational, collaborative R&D with a significant degree of innovation and scientific and technical risk
  • application and practical use of manufacturing technologies
  • added value through transnational cooperation
  • short term projects and small consortia
  • simple submission and evaluation process
  • high success ratio

Participation of leading regional/national innovation agencies (Luxembourg, Germany, Basque Country, Catalonia, northern Brabant, Wallonia, Turkey, Romania, Piedmont, Tuscany, Israel, Norway, Russia and many more): project funding and monitoring at national level.

MANUNET funding in Luxembourg

Funding is provided in Luxembourg by the Ministry of the Economy in the form of subsidies. Maximum funding rates are as follows (different types of activities may be carried out in a single project):

Type of activities

Small-sized enterprise

Medium-sized enterprise

Large enterprise

Industrial research




Experimental development




Process innovation




How to participate?

MANUNET launches yearly calls for proposals. The calls follow a two-step application procedure, thus reducing the administrative burden for applicants.

Contact Luxinnovation  anytime – even before the official opening of the call for proposals – to submit your project idea, to request help to identify relevant partners, to get support in the preparation of your application, and much more.



EUREKA is not in itself a funding mechanism - it is a Europe-wide network for industrial research and development, designed to strengthen EU competitiveness by promoting market-driven collaborative projects. These involve mainly industry, but also research institutes and universities across Europe, and use advanced technologies which result in innovative products, processes and services for civilian purposes.

Launched in 1985, EUREKA now has 29 full member countries - including Russia and the EU: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the EU. In addition, organisations from five more countries, where national information points have been set up, also participate in projects - Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, the Slovak Republic and the Ukraine.

EUREKA will consider a project from any technological area, providing it:

  • is undertaken on a co-operative basis involving independent organisations from at least two member countries having access to the necessary financial and qualified resources; and
  • aims to result in a significant technological advance in its sector, and a marketable product, process or service for civil use.

One of the network's major attractions is its non-bureaucratic approach.

EUREKA also helps to put projects together, through a busy schedule of 'brokerage events'.

> > > > > EUREKA's Eurostars Programme 

EUREKA's Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to research-performing SMEs. A Eurostars project is a European research and development project. It can address any technological area, but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service. Eurostars projects are collaborative, meaning they must involve at least two participants (legal entities) from two different Eurostars participating countries.


European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is a key ordering customer for European industry. The bulk of the technology implemented to carry out the host of projects launched by ESA is elaborated by European industrial companies.

Communication systems, platforms for broadcasting multimedia content via satellite, as well as advanced electronics and precision mechanics are some examples of technologies developed by businesses answering the numerous calls for tenders and calls for proposals issued by ESA.

Luxembourg, official member of ESA since 2005, enables companies and research centers to take part in numerous European space programs in various fields such as:

  • Earth, Sun & Space observation;
  • Development of satellites and new booster rockets;
  • Implementation of telecommunication and satellite navigation systems

Luxinnovation, as National Contact Point for the ESA, provides companies and research centres with information on how the ESA operates and offers support to entrepreneurs and researchers willing to work with the European Space Agency.