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L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette

Contact Person

Ms. Elisabeth Frisch, Advisor
Corporate R&D and Innovation Support
Phone: +352 43 62 63 – 883
Email: elisabeth.frisch (at)


Research, development and innovation funding
Aid schemes under the law of 17 May 2017 relating to the promotion of research, development and innovation

Aim of Programme

  • Facilitate the involvement of Luxembourg’s entire SME community in innovation activities
  • Help companies generate decisive competitive advantages
  • Facilitate collaborative research

Funding Conditions

  • Eligible: Companies registered in Luxembourg, which are economically sound (excluding “firms in difficulty”)
  • Funding in the form of a non-reimbursable grant
  • Eligible costs: personnel, working equipment, utilities, subcontracts
  • No specific maximum project budget for LUX companies, as long as they show sufficient co-financing capacities
  • Max. funding rates (for experimental development): small companies 60%, medium-sized companies 50%, large companies 40%
  • Undertakings that are subject to an outstanding recovery order following a previous Commission decision declaring an aid illegal and incompatible with the internal market (article 1(4) of the European Regulation 651/2014), as well as undertakings that can be qualified as undertakings in difficulty (Article 2 (18) of Regulation 651/2014), are excluded from receiving aid.


  • Innovation: Applicants should aim at developing competitive advantages on their market and explain the innovation with respect to the state of the art.
  • Economic impact: Applicants have to explain the expected return on investment if the project is successful.
  • Financial capacity: Applicants need to demonstrate the availability of funds to launch their projects and ensure the liquidity over the project duration and the existence of means to exploit the project results and bring them to the market.
  • Incentive effect: No aid can be granted if the project can be carried out in the same way without aid.
  • Scheme specific criteria also apply


  • Bottom-up approach: no restrictions regarding sectors or themes
  • Applicants are requested to contact Luxinnovation at least four weeks before the call deadline
  • A national application must be filed with the Ministry of the Economy in Luxembourg at the same time as the IraSME proposal application form



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