Receive Fully Funded Research Support From The European Commission and Luxinnovation

Charles Betz, Senior Advisor, European R&D and Innovation Support at Luxinnovation (Photo © Marion Dessard)

Do you have an interesting research project in mind but are lacking the necessary resources or talent to bring it to fruition? Luxinnovation is supporting Luxembourg-based organisations in finding postdoctoral researchers to help them in their R&D projects. Fully funded by the European Commission, this is an excellent opportunity for R&D startups to find new talent without breaking the bank. Interested organisations can express their interest until December 17th.

Hiring researchers who have spent most of their lives in academia is not something many organisations, much less startups, have the capital for. Fortunately, the European Commission earmarked some money for this specific purpose and created the MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Supported by Luxinnovation, the fellowship is not only a great opportunity for emerging researchers but also for companies wanting to push the boundaries of innovation.

“On the one hand, the MSCA programme promotes the career development and ‘brain circulation’ of young researchers that want to get real-life research experience and increase their employability. On the other hand, the MSCA can help RDI companies attract the best talents from around the world to bring in new skills and to explore new ideas. With our support, we want to bridge these two interests to create a win-win,” says Charles Betz, Senior Advisor, European R&D and Innovation Support at Luxinnovation.

“We support all national organizations, public and private, to participate in this programme.”

Charles Betz

Luxinnovation paves the way

Interested companies only need to fill out this form by December 17th, Luxinnovation takes care of the rest.

“As the National Contact Point for Horizon Europe by identifying opportunities, building capacity, and offering guidance during the application and project stage,” says Charles Betz.

After providing a detailed list of keywords describing the scientific skills the organisations are looking for, Luxinnovation will find the best matched applicant from the world’s leading academic centres. If they already have a candidate in mind, interested organisations can also sign them up.

After the match-making process is complete, organisations will receive the CVs of the most suitable candidates. To increase their chances of success, Luxinnovation recommends they choose more than one candidate.

Once chosen, Luxinnovation will offer regular support during the writing of the research grant. This will further increase the applicants’ chances of receiving the European Commission’s MSCA PF funding scheme.

If successful, organisations can collaborate with the researchers for a period of up to 2 years, with the option of a 6-month non-academic extension.

More information, an FAQ section and testimonials from previous participants can be found here.

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