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The University of Luxembourg was founded in 2003, right at the heart of the European Union (EU). The University is multilingual, international and strongly focused on research.

We aim to achieve research excellence through a culture of reflection, innovation and diversity of approaches (i.e. different perspectives, methodologies, cultures).

In line with this focus, research conducted at the University has been steadily growing, as the following numbers reflect.

 

 

Research indicators

Data exerpts from the Key Performance Indicators (Report 2015).

2 ERC grants

EU research funding

"Art.17(4) Pour le financement externe de la mission de recherche, l'Université s'engage sur un taux de 14% provenant des programmes de recherche 7e programme cadre et horizon 2020 de l'Union Européenne."

 

The University of Luxembourg committed to funding its research with at least 14% of the total external research funding coming from the 7th framework programme and Horizon 2020.

 

EU research funding

External research revenues (millions of Euro)

 

External research revenues

FNR revenues, detail

The FNR is the largest source of external research revenues representing a total of 27,5 million € in 2015.

 

FNR revenues, detail

Total number of Chairs in 2015: seven chair agreements

In 2015, the University held seven chairs:

  • SES S.A. Chair in Law
  • ArcelorMittal Chair of Façade Engineering
  • MoU Chair Deutsche Bank Luxembourg in Finance
  • Jean-Monnet Chair in EU Public Law
  • Chaire de la Ville d'Esch-sur-Alzette
  • Chaire de recherche en Etudes Parlementaires
  • ADA Chair

Number of publications

Data source: orbilu

Figures may be subject to system updates.

 

Number of publications

Published books

"Art 4. Le nombre de livres publiés et édités : 250."

 

Published books

Number of citations - Web of Science

University of Luxembourg publications have been systematically stored into the ORBilu database since 2013.
 

 

Number of citations - Web of Science

 

 

 

 

Our performance since the launch of Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

 

Horizon 2020 funding awarded to the University of Luxembourg:

21 approved grants, 16.5% success rate

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the biggest Research and Innovation programme of the EU ever with nearly 80 billion euros of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

For a research-centred and innovative university such as the University of Luxembourg it is an important goal to be part of the H2020 community and to continue to successfully apply for these funding opportunities.

 

Our performance since the launch of H2020 in 2014: 21 approved grants (success rate: 16.5%) with a total budget of 82 million euros, thereof a University of Luxembourg share of 11.7 million euros

 

   ♦ Horizon 2020 – European Research Council grants (ERC)

One approved ERC grant under H2020 (and three invited for interview) with a total budget of 1.9 million euros for the University of Luxembourg (success rate 14%).

ERC Fellows:

     New 2016 ERC Grant awardees include:

   ♦ Horizon 2020 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Six approved grants (success rate 25%) with a total budget of nine million euros, thereof a University of Luxembourg share of 1.6 million euros

 

Our instruments of success

   ♦ ERC specific support

  • CV screening
  • Institutional validation of candidates
  • Targeted grant writing training
  • Revision support by external consultants
  • Pre-review by senior colleagues
  • Interview training
  • Mock panel training

   ♦ University of Luxembourg Rapid Incentive Scheme (UL-RISE)

UL-RISE aims at supporting our researchers to write successful H2020 applications. 10,000 euros for a participant role or 20,000 euros for a coordinator role can be applied for per project proposal preparation.

  • 27 UL-RISE applications have been approved (success rate 66%)
  • Six UL-RISE European Commission grants have been signed
  • Success rate for projects supported by UL-RISE: 22%
  • UL-RISE investment: 285 000 euros for 27 applications

   ♦ Additional supporting measures

  • Organisation of info-sessions and trainings for H2020 applicants
  • Providing internal guides on grant application, grant preparation and grant management
  • Facilitating partner searches for H2020 via membership in EU networks: Vision2020, Science Business, etc.
  • Access to our H2020 page at the University’s intranet

 

A glimpse into our research funded by Horizon 2020

ERC consolidator grant: artificial muscles for new types of robots

The “Consolidator Grant” by the European Research Council (ERC) has been awarded to Prof. Dr. Jan Lagerwall, an expert in liquid crystals and physicist at the University of Luxembourg. The grant is one of the most sought-after competitive research grants in Europe and supports highly promising young scientists. The grant will focus on investigating soft artificial “muscles” for new types of robots. Unlike hard industrial robots, these “soft” robots can interact directly with people and therefore provide valuable assistance in everyday situations. Still in its infancy, this discipline, which is known as “Soft Robotics”, is currently seen as a particularly promising area for the future.

Research and innovation action: mapping mobility of youth in Europe

The MOVE (Mapping mobility – pathways, institutions and structural effects of youth mobility in Europe) analyses cross-border geographic mobility of young people aged between 18 and 29 years within the EU. It is a three-year project that started in May 2015. It is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 and coordinated by Prof. Dr. Ute Karl and her team at the university. The project was greatly facilitated by the “UL-Rapid Incentive Scheme".

International training networks: MEL-PLEX for PhDs in skin cancer research

The MEL-PLEX project is an ITN coordinated by the RCSI Centre for Systems Medicine in Ireland. It employs 15 PhDs (two PhDs from the University of Luxembourg) through a highly interdisciplinary research training programme. The University of Luxembourg is one of seven partners in the MEL-PLEX project. European and international leaders in personalised melanoma therapy, melanoma systems biology and cancer systems medicine form the partners and beneficiaries from eleven countries. MEL-PLEX aims at understanding the network-level and multi-scale regulation of disease-relevant signalling in melanoma through a combination of quantitative biomedical and computational research approaches. The MEL-PLEX ITN addresses current needs in academia and the private sector for researchers that have been trained in an environment that spans across biology, medicine and mathematics.

List of all accepted Horizon 2020 projects at the University of Luxembourg as of October 2015

    FSTC = Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication
    FLSHASE = Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education
    SnT = Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust
    LCSB = Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine
    Central/Library = University of Luxembourg Library

Faculty/
Interdisciplinary Centre

Responsible PI
within the University

Acronym

   Funding scheme  

   Role of the University  

FSTC

Thomas Sauter

MEL-PLEX

MSCA-ITN-ETN

Partner

FSTC

Jean-Sébastien Coron

HEAT

RIA

Partner

FSTC

Tonie Van Dam

EGSIEM

RIA

Partner

FSTC

Jan Lagerwall

INTERACT

ERC-COG

Coordinator

FSTC

Susanne Siebentritt

Sharc25

RIA

Partner

FSTC

Ludger Wirtz

EJD-FunMat

MSCA-ITN-EJD

Partner

FLSHASE

Ute Karl

MOVE

RIA

Coordinator

FLSHASE

Claus Vogele/Sybille Petersen

CIP

MSCA-IF-EF-ST

Coordinator

FLSHASE

Dieter Ferring

MinD

MSCA-RISE

Beneficiary

SnT

Symeon Chatzinotas

SANSA

RIA

Partner

SnT

Thomas Engel

FLYSEC

RIA

Partner

SnT

Thomas Engel

PRIVACY FLAG

IA

Partner

SnT

Leon Van Der Torre/Livio Robaldo  

ProLeMAS

MSCA-IF-EF-ST

Coordinator

SnT

Thomas Engel

TARGET

RIA

Partner

SnT

Thomas Engel

F-Interop

RIA

Partner

SnT

Yves Le Traon

bIoTope

RIA

Partner

SnT

Djamila Aouada

STARR

RIA

Partner

SnT

Leon Van Der Torre

MIREL

MSCA-RISE

Coordinator

LCSB

Rudi Balling

SysMedPD

RIA

Coordinator

LCSB

Rejko Krüger

CENTRE-PD

CSA

Coordinator

Central/Library

Marie-Pierre Pausch-Antoine

OpenAIRE2020  

RIA

Partner