Research policy in Luxembourg follows multi-year planning. The strategy is outlined in the 'National Plan for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth' as well as in 'Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy 2017 (RIS3)’ both published by the government. The Luxembourg National Research Fund have published their 'FNR Strategy and Action Plan 2018–21'.
The key research priorities are:
- Innovation in services;
- Sustainable resource management in Luxembourg;
- New functional and intelligent materials and surfaces and new sensing applications;
- Biomedical and health sciences;
- Societal challenges.
Transport research does not currently have a specific strategy, but is covered in the government's National Plan above.
At the political level, the research system is headed by a Parliamentary Committee and the Higher Committee for Research and Innovation, chaired by the Ministers for Higher Education and Research and of the Economy. These ministries are responsible for implementing the policy and strategic objectives established by the Committee:
- The Ministry of the Economy (ME) is responsible for the private sector
- The Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) is responsible for the public sector
The Ministries are supported by two agencies:
- The National Research Fund (NRF) - oversees funding for public sector research and PhD and post-doc studies
- National Agency for Innovation and Research (Luxinnovation) - works with private sector researchers
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organisation active in fields including the environment and materials.
Responsibility for developing transport policy within Luxembourg lies with the Department of Transport of the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works.
A summary of research funding opportunities in Luxembourg is available on the Luxembourg Portal for Innovation and Research.
Funding for transport research can be obtained mainly through the general research financing framework, and EU and international programmes. There are several national research programmes, but they mainly focus on the research priorities established in the Foresight Study or by the University of Luxembourg.
The National Research Fund (NFR) also supports accompanying measures, which fund conferences, training of researchers and scientific publications. In most cases, transport research is funded through international and EU funds, such as Horizon 2020.
Currently ongoing funding sources include:
- ATTRACT Programme - enables the recruitment of high potential researchers and strengthens research areas of strategic importance to Luxembourg.
- PEARL Programme (2008 – ongoing) – a key instrument for FNR’s strategy to strengthen Luxembourg’s research environment by investing in human resources, institutional development and capacity building in priority research domains.
- Operational Programme ERDF Luxembourg 2014-2020 - aims to contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, including encouraging a low carbon economy (renewable energies and sustainable multimodal urban mobility).