Research in Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a dynamic country, where research has become a central part of its policies, particularly since the Lisbon strategy and Barcelona target.
As a result, the government has set a Research & Development (R&D) intensity of between 2.3% and 2.6% of gdp before 2020.
Following a study by the Organisation for Economic cooperation and development (OECD) in 2005 on the strengths and weaknesses of the Luxembourg research system, the government energetically pursued a national R&D policy and agenda. This resulted, for example, in the introduction of performance contracts in 2008 between the government and:
- All public research centres
- Fonds national de la Recherche Luxembourg (FNR)
The aim was to define an R&D strategy in the different institutions, by giving them a large degree of autonomy to define an implementation strategy and by measuring the outcome in terms of indicators that were commonly defined as goals.
Private R&D is about 1.5% of gdp. the aim is to broaden the effort from the more traditional sectors such as steel, to the new and emerging technologies, including automotive components, information and communication technology, logistics, health technologies, energy and environment.
There are several key actors who contribute to R&D and innovation in luxembourg.
Three ministries are actively involved in defining and implementing policies relating to R&D and innovation:
- Ministry of the Economy and Foreign trade ;
- Ministry of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Tourism ;
- Ministry of Higher Education and Research ;
The “Fonds national de la Recherche luxembourg ” (FNR) is in charge of supporting and promoting public research in luxembourg, in order to improve the competitiveness and visibility of public research at international level. www.fnr.lu
Luxinnovation is an agency which offers advice and perso- nalised support to all R&d actors. it is part of Europe’s main R&d and innovation networks and advises the govern- ment on research-related policies. www.luxinnovation.lu