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В В В В AFR is co-funded by the Marie-Curie
Actions of the European Commission
Guidelines for Applicants
AFR Postdoc Grants
(Version 2: 18th November 2008)
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Table of content
Part 1: General Guidelines......................................................................................................................... 3 1. What is the AFR Research Training Grant? ........................................................................................... 3 2. Who can apply?..................................................................................................................................... 3 3. How to apply for AFR funding? ............................................................................................................. 3 4. Deadlines............................................................................................................................................... 4 5. Work contract or fellowship?................................................................................................................ 4 6. Elements determining the AFR grant contribution............................................................................... 4 7. Funding decision and project start ....................................................................................................... 5 8. What are the AFR selection criteria? .................................................................................................... 5 9. How are the AFR applications evaluated? ............................................................................................ 5 10. Grant duration .................................................................................................................................... 5 11. Part‐time research .............................................................................................................................. 5 12. Maternity leave ................................................................................................................................... 6 13. Applicants who are third country nationals........................................................................................ 6 14. Research misconduct .......................................................................................................................... 6 15. Dissemination of research results....................................................................................................... 6 16. Acknowledgement of AFR funding...................................................................................................... 6 17. Annual AFR meeting............................................................................................................................ 6 18. Annual AFR Awards ............................................................................................................................. 6 19. Alumni network................................................................................................................................... 6 20. Marie‐Curie Cofunding........................................................................................................................ 7 21. Portability of Grants............................................................................................................................ 7 22. Interesting web portals and resources for researchers in Luxembourg............................................. 7 23. Grant writing ....................................................................................................................................... 7 Part II: Specific Guidelines relating to the application form.................................................................. 8 I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. Applicant details ........................................................................................................................... 8 Host Institution ............................................................................................................................. 8 Description of the research project............................................................................................ 10 Interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting .............................................. 10 Public‐private partnerships (PPP)............................................................................................... 11 Ethical Issues and Data Protection ............................................................................................. 12 Training plan ............................................................................................................................... 12 Personal statement (postdocs only)........................................................................................... 13 Type of grant requested ............................................................................................................. 13 Applicant’s and Host Institution’s Joint Declaration .................................................................. 15 2
Part 1: General Guidelines
1. What is the AFR Research Training Grant?
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The AFR is a new national research grant scheme to support PhD and postdoctoral research
training in Luxembourg and abroad. It has arisen from a reform of the well-established BFR
“Bourse Formation-Recherche” fellowship scheme, which has come to a close at the end of
September 2008. From the 1st October 2008 onwards, the law on the AFR “Aides à la
Formation-Recherche” (AFR) has come into force. The new AFR scheme is managed by the
Fonds National de la Recherche.
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Under the AFR scheme, the research grants for PhDs are awarded for a period of up to 3 years; a
4th year prolongation may be awarded under justified circumstances.
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The AFR postdoc grants are awarded for a maximum duration of 2 years.
2. Who can apply?
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The AFR programme has no thematic limitations and is open to all researchers, regardless of
their nationality, desirous to engage into research training in Luxembourg or abroad. In the
selection process, the interest of the project in the context of Luxembourg R&D will nevertheless
be evaluated.
The candidates are the principal authors of the project proposal and it is their responsibility to
find a suitable host institution with a competent research group in their field.
Applicants for the AFR PhD grants must be holders of a University degree of a recognized public
or private Higher Education Institution, allowing them to enter into doctoral training.
Applicants for the AFR postdoc grants must be holders of a PhD diploma of a recognized public
or private Higher Education Institution.
As opposed to the BFR scheme, AFR beneficiaries are eligible consecutively for PhD and for
postdoctoral funding.
Postdoctoral candidates can apply until up to 8 years after reception of their PhD certificate (the
date of the deadline counts). Furthermore, in order to be eligible as a postdoc, the research
training has to be carried out in a different country from where the applicant has been principally
(> 12 months) working in the 24 months preceding the beginning of the intended postdoctoral
funding period. These two eligibility conditions are binding, without exception.
3. How to apply for AFR funding?
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Applicants must use the latest version of the AFR application form available on the FNR website
www.fnr.lu.
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Applications must be completed and submitted electronically at afr@fnr.lu by 5 pm (local time)
at the cut-off date (see point 4. Deadlines).
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The original signed application form (identical content as electronic version and signed by the
applicant and the legal representative of the host institution(s)), including all supporting
documents, in paper, must reach the FNR offices no later than 5 working days after the cut-off
date.
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Address for postal mail: Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), Service AFR
6, rue Antoine de Saint-ExupГ©ry, B.P. 1777, L-1017 Luxembourg
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Only application forms that are submitted in time and are complete will be eligible.
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Applications that arrive after the indicated deadline are automatically considered for the next cutoff date with the subsequent evaluation process.
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Certain host institutions, in particular Luxembourg host institutions, have internal rules regarding
the submission of AFR applications. They may, for example, require that AFR applications must
first be examined by their administration before they can be submitted to the FNR. In the weeks
preceding the deadline, applicants should therefore clarify with their host institution about the
internal submission procedure. The University of Luxembourg (UL), in particular, requires that
all applications with UL as host institution are first submitted to the SEVE (Service des Г©tudes et
de la vie Г©tudiante) for verification and approval. In agreement with the University of
Luxembourg, the FNR therefore only accepts applications from the UL which have been
electronically submitted via the SEVE.
4. Deadlines
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Under the AFR scheme, there will be 4 annual cut-off dates (deadlines) for PhD and 4 annual cutoff dates for postdoc applications (the postdoc deadline always precedes the PhD deadline by 2
months, due to a lengthier remote evaluation). These deadlines apply for the submission of the
electronic versions of the application form and are at fixed dates as indicated in the table below.
Postdoc submission
deadline
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15 October
15th January
15th April
15th July
PhD submission
deadline
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15 December
15th March
15th June
15th September
Funding decision to be
expected by
End of February
End of May
End of September
End of November
5. Work contract or fellowship?
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Whether at PhD or at postdoctoral level, the AFR instrument is actively encouraging the
conclusion of work contracts between AFR beneficiaries and their host institutions, thereby
giving the beneficiaries access to full social security coverage including health and pension
insurances. The AFR grant scheme pays to the host institution a contribution (“subvention”) to
the monthly salary costs of the candidate.
Work contracts will be the rule. Simple fellowships, termed “bourses”, paid directly to the
beneficiaries, will be possible only in well justified cases (i.e. the conclusion of a work contract
with the host institution is not possible; the conclusion of a work contract leads to a substantial
material disadvantage for the candidate compared to a fellowship). Beneficiaries of an AFR
fellowship must be covered by a health and accident (H&A) insurance. Upon request, the costs
for the H&A insurance may be partially or entirely refunded by the FNR.
6. Elements determining the AFR grant contribution
The grant contributions paid under the AFR scheme depend on the following factors:
Вѓ PhD or postdoctoral training
Вѓ Work contract or fellowship
Вѓ Collaboration with an accredited private company in Luxembourg
Вѓ Full-time or part time
Вѓ Total salary paid by the host institution
Вѓ Other funding sources
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7. Funding decision and project start
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It is expected that the funding decision will take approx. 2 months for PhD and approx. 4 months
for postdocs after the deadline of submission.
If the project starts before the funding decision, the entire responsibility for its costs lies with the
candidate (in the event of a fellowship) or with the host institution (in the event of a work
contract).
After the positive funding decision, the FNR may refund costs retroactively up to the submission
deadline.
8. What are the AFR selection criteria?
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The submitted proposals will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria:
1. Scientific quality of the research project
2. Profile of the applicant
3. Quality of the host institution
4. Interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting
For postdocs, in addition:
5. the potential of the research project for career development
9. How are the AFR applications evaluated?
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The submitted research proposals will be reviewed in a two-stage process. In a first stage, every
proposal will be remotely evaluated by 2 experts. In a second stage, panel meetings will be held
in Luxembourg, where the selection of the proposals to be considered for funding will be
finalized.
In the review process, applications will be evaluated according to the criteria listed above. Special
attention will be given to project proposals that raise ethical issues.
In order to keep the review process as transparent as possible, applicants will receive a full
feedback comprising the conclusion of the panel and the comments by the remote experts.
Applicants should also consult the “AFR Evaluation Guidelines for Remote Reviewers and Panel
Members” as well as the “AFR Review Form” available on the website www.fnr.lu.
10. Grant duration
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Under the AFR scheme, the research grants for PhDs are awarded for a period of up to 3 years. A
4th year prolongation may be awarded: the beneficiaries have to indicate the reasons for not
finishing within the 3 years and have to provide together with the PhD supervisor a plan how to
finalise the PhD in the course of the 4th year.
The AFR postdoc grants are awarded for a maximum duration of 2 years.
Researchers, who have had external funding for a limited period of time, may apply for AFR
funding for the remaining time of their PhD or postdoc research project. The minimum AFR grant
duration is 3 months.
11. Part-time research
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AFR beneficiaries have the possibility to undertake their research either as fulltime or part time.
Nevertheless, the part time research must not be less than 50% of the normal working time. For
grantees doing their PhD or postdoc in part time, the maximum funding period of the grant may
be extended proportionally.
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12. Maternity leave
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In the case of pregnancy, AFR beneficiaries (with or without work contract) receive an extension
of their grants following the birth of a child, according to the regulations regarding maternity
leave. They have to inform the FNR in advance and indicate the foreseen maternity leave
(delivery of the medical certificate and birth certificate).
13. Applicants who are third country nationals
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According to the recent reform of the immigration law 1 , researchers who join a public institution
or private company in Luxembourg that is officially accredited to undertake research activities,
have to conclude a convention d’accueil with their host institution based on which they obtain
their work permit with the titre de sГ©jour. Details about the procedure to conclude the convention
d’accueil will be available soon on the website of the Luxembourg Mobility Centre
14. Research misconduct
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Research misconduct e.g. plagiarism, falsification of data, will result in the immediate
disqualification of the application or the cancellation of the ongoing grant.
15. Dissemination of research results
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The dissemination and transfer of knowledge is a key added-value of research actions. Results
should be published actively in peer reviewed publications and presented in scientific
conferences.
16. Acknowledgement of AFR funding
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Financial support from FNR must be acknowledged in all publications and other forms of media
communication.
17. Annual AFR meeting
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The FNR organises annually a meeting for all AFR beneficiaries and ex-grantees as a networking
event.
18. Annual AFR Awards
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The FNR may allocate annually excellence awards to AFR beneficiaries with particular merits or
outstanding results achieved during their AFR grant period.
These awards are based on the evaluation of the final reports by the AFR expert panel.
The awards amount to 4.500 EUR for PhD and 6.000 EUR for postdoc grantees and are directly
paid to the grantees.
They are awarded during the annual AFR meeting.
19. Alumni network
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The FNR will initiate an alumni network among AFR beneficiaries, promoting the exchange
between past, current and potentially new AFR grantees.
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« Loi sur la libre circulation des personnes et l’immigration », published in the Memorial …, see
www.legilux.lu
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20. Marie-Curie Cofunding
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From the 1st January 2009 onwards, the AFR postdoc grant scheme is co-funded by the European
Commission under the Marie-Curie COFUND scheme.
21. Portability of Grants
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The FNR supports the principle of the portability of grants of AFR beneficiaries who want to
change their host institution for duly justified reasons. This allows beneficiaries to carry on their
grants in a different host institution, according to the rules and procedures that will be specified in
the context of the FNR adherence to the EUROHORCs Agreement �Money Follows Researcher’,
scheduled in autumn 2008 (see http://eurohorcs.drift.senselogic.se ).
22. Interesting web portals and resources for researchers in Luxembourg
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Public research institutes/University:
Вѓ UniversitГ© du Luxembourg, www.uni.lu
Вѓ CRP Gabriel Lippmann, www.lippmann.lu
Вѓ CRP Henri Tudor, www.tudor.lu
Вѓ CRP SantГ©, www.crp-santГ©.lu
Вѓ CEPS/INSTEAD, www.ceps.lu
The Luxembourg Portal for Innovation and Research, www.innovation.public.lu
The National Research Fund (for public R&D funding opportunities in Luxembourg) www.fnr.lu
The Government of Luxembourg, www.gouvernement.lu
The Ministry of Research, www.recherche.lu
The Luxembourg Foresight Exercise (for research priority areas in Luxembourg; see final report
of the Foresight exercise), www.fnrforesight.lu
CEDIES (CEntre de Documentation et d’Information sur l’Enseignement Supérieur),
www.cedies.public.lu
The Luxembourg Mobility Centre at the University of Luxembourg (portal available after 17th
October 2008; access through the website of the University www.uni.lu )
23. Grant writing
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When writing your grant application, it may appear useful to consult websites on grant writing
that you can find through standard website search tools, typing �grant writing’.
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Part II: Specific Guidelines relating to the application form
The following guidelines are structured according to the different sections of the application form. Each
section of the application form must be completed. If one section doesn’t apply to the applicant, he/she
should clearly write N.A. or non applicable.
The use of English is a pre-requisite for international visibility in Science. Therefore, applications should
be drafted in English in the natural sciences as well as mathematics, IT and engineering. In fields where
the standard scientific language is French or German, applications may also be drafted in one of these
languages. This should however only be the case if the description of the research project requires an
extensive use of technical and specific vocabulary that is difficult to translate into English (i.e. legal
studies). The summary must however be submitted in English for all projects. If French or German
language is used, please indicate at the beginning of your project description the arguments for not using
English.
I. Applicant details
Mobility
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In order to be eligible as a postdoc, the research training has to be carried out in a different
country from where the applicant has been principally (> 12 months) working in the 24 months
preceding the start of the intended postdoctoral funding period.
Date of PhD certificate
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Postdoctoral candidates can apply until up to 8 years after reception of their PhD certificate. The
date on the PhD certificate counts.
Diploma
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Copies of the high school, graduate and postgraduate diploma may be submitted in English,
French, German or Portuguese. If in any other language, they must be translated into English or
French and officially certified by an accredited translator.
Scientific publications
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Only peer reviewed articles, publications or editions should be quoted.
II. Host Institution
Choice of host institution
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The host institution (HI) is the institution where the grantee performs the major part of her/his
research. In some cases, it may be difficult to judge where an AFR candidate performs the major
part of the research, for example in a case where a project is carried out 50% of the time in
Luxembourg and 50% of the time abroad. In this specific case, it may also turn out as difficult or
impossible for a Host Institution to offer a work contract, and the only possible solution may
result in a grant based on a fellowship without work contract. It is up to the candidate together
with the scientific and administrative coordinators in the Host Institution to find a viable solution
that is the most appropriate in a given situation, by trying to give advantage to work contracts
wherever it is possible.
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It is the responsibility of the applicants to find a suitable HI with a competent research group in
their field.
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The following are eligible HIs for AFR grantees:
o the University of Luxembourg as well as the Luxembourg public research centers :
Вѓ UniversitГ© du Luxembourg, www.uni.lu
Вѓ CRP Gabriel Lippmann, www.lippmann.lu
Вѓ CRP Henri Tudor, www.tudor.lu
Вѓ CRP SantГ©, www.crp-santГ©.lu
Вѓ CEPS/INSTEAD, www.ceps.lu ;
o public bodies or private associations 2 in Luxembourg with a research mission and
scientific competence in the domains of the project; the respective document
certifying their research mission and, in the case of associations, their statutes have to
be submitted;
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private companies located in Luxembourg active in R&D, in collaboration with a
research institution in Luxembourg or abroad; if private companies intend to serve as
HI, they need to provide an accreditation (�agrément’) issued by the Ministry of
Economic Affairs in order to be eligible (information available after 15th September
2008 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs);
the respective �agrément’ together with a contract between the collaborating public
research body and the private company, including the IPR agreement, have to be
submitted to ensure the eligibility of the HI;
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recognized research and higher education institutions in Luxembourg or abroad;
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public institutions abroad with a research mission and scientific competence in the
domain of the project; the respective document certifying the research mission and
the statutes have to be submitted.
In the case the Host Institution is a private company, the collaborating public research institution
has to be indicated as “2nd collaborating institution”.
Project supervision
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The postdoc project must be carried out in close collaboration with at least one qualified
researcher in the domain of the project in the host institution who is actively involved in the
scientific training and the career development of the researcher.
The scientific advisor shall draw the candidate’s attention to the content of the postdoc
regulations.
The scientific advisor shall ensure that the postdoctoral research is conducted:
o in accordance with the code of conduct for professional work in the field in question;
o without third parties funding or co-funding the research imposing restrictions on the
freedom to publish results that are incompatible with academic freedom.
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Associations sans but lucratif ou fondations rГ©gies par les dispositions de la loi modifiГ©e du 21 avril 1928 sur les
associations et les fondations sans but lucratif
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Administrative contact
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IV.
The administrative contact is the contact person for the AFR contractual and administrative
issues. In some cases, the administrative contact may be identical to the legal representative.
In the case of a fellowship without a work contract, the scientific contact may possibly take the
role of administrative contact.
Description of the research project
The project abstract is part of the application form. The project abstract should provide an
understanding of the general setting, the objectives of the proposal and how they will be
achieved. The abstract should be written in a way that it also allows for non-expert readers to
understand the essence of the proposal. This summary will be used among others to select the
reviewers for your proposal.
The full description of the research project must be added in Appendix I. It should be
structured according to the headings listed under “Project description” in Section III of the
application form. Every subsection should be treated separately. A clearly legible and
understandable work plan must be provided. The timetable must not exceed the duration of 2
years (FTE).
For AFR projects which are to be carried out in the framework of a greater multiannual project
(e.g. institution-internal, national, European or international projects), it is essential that the
proposal indicates explicitly and unequivocally what the individual contribution of the applicant
in the frame of the greater project is.
In case two or more submitted projects are interlinked, it must emerge in a clear and transparent
way, who does what, who gets the credit for what (in terms of first authorships in publications), if
and how one specific research project is affected in case the related proposal is not retained for
funding, etc.
The project description in Appendix I needs to be submitted electronically together with the
completed application form on the date of the submission deadline.
The minimum/maximum words or page numbers must be respected. Use Times New Roman Font
size 11, single space.
Be concise!
Interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting
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The interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting is an essential selection
criterion.
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As a minimum requirement to fulfil this criterion, one of the following conditions needs to be
met:
- the intended research activity is carried out in Luxembourg, in the framework of a research
project that has already been evaluated or will be evaluated on a national, European or
international level, or
- the intended research activity is carried out in a private company in Luxembourg committed
to offering guidance to the candidate, or
- the intended research activity takes place in collaboration with either a research organisation,
a company active in R&D, a private association or foundation or a public sector body in
Luxembourg
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the research activity is of thematic interest for Luxembourg, either because the scientific
domain is related to research activities in Luxembourg or the research project is about
Luxembourg
personal link of the applicant with Luxembourg (see below)
Other (to be justified and documented)
A personal link exists if one of the following conditions is met:
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Luxembourg nationals
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Nationals of a member country of the European Union with a residence in the Grand-Duchy
of Luxembourg
Applicants have to provide
o a certificate of residence in Luxembourg;
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Political refugees with a residence in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Applicants have to provide
o a document certifying their status of political refugee in Luxembourg
o a certificate of residence in Luxembourg;
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Nationals of a third country or stateless with a residence in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,
who have lived in Luxembourg at least 5 years at the moment of the submission of the
application
Applicants have to provide
o a document certifying their status as stateless acc. to Art. 23 of the Convention relating to
the status of stateless persons, signed in New York on 28 September 1954;
o a document certifying their residency in Luxembourg of at least 5 years prior to the
submission deadline;
V. Public-private partnerships (PPP)
Incentive for public-private partnerships (PPP)
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A financial incentive is given to beneficiaries who are collaborating with an accredited private
company active in R&D in Luxembourg. In order to be eligible as an “accredited” private firm,
companies need to have an accreditation (�agrément’) by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (for
details about the accreditation, see above section �Eligible Host Institutions’).
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The financial incentive is paid only under the condition that a real collaboration with the
accredited private firm in Luxembourg takes place, i.e. the candidate carries out a certain part or
the entirety of his/her research project in the private company and there is active involvement of
the company-based (co-) supervisor in the research project.
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Conversely, if the accredited private firm directly hosts and employs the AFR grantee through a
work contract, the FNR can pay the foreseen contribution (incl. the incentive) to the work
contract directly to the firm only under the condition that a collaboration with a public sector
research institution exists.
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The following are the requirements to obtain the supplement for a PPP (public-private
partnership):
o a private company has to collaborate in the project as Host Institution (HI) or as
collaborator
o as HI, a contract is signed between the company and the beneficiary; obligation to
involve a public research institution
o the company has to be in the possession of an accreditation by the Ministry of
Economic Affairs, certifying its R&D activities in Luxembourg.
o a true collaboration has to be described for a given project:
o a scientific/technological expert has to be the contact person of the beneficiary in the
company and will accompany the project actively over time
o ideally the candidate should spend at least three months in the company
o the contact person in the company should give an appreciation of the project with the
application form, mentioning the objectives of the project as seen from the
perspective of the private company and the contribution of the company to the project
and to the training/career development of the grantee
Ethical Issues and Data Protection
Applicants should indicate whether the proposed research raises sensitive ethical questions such
as research involving human beings, human biological samples, personal data, genetic
information or animals. Research supported by an AFR grant must respect the fundamental
ethical principles. Fundamental ethical principles which must be respected include those reflected
in
the
Charter
of
Fundamental
Rights
of
the
European
Union
(see
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/default_en.htm. These principles include the need to
ensure the freedom of research and the need to protect the physical and moral integrity of
individuals and the welfare of animals.
If necessary the approval of the Comité National d’Ethique de la Recherche (CNER) and/or the
ComitГ© National de la Protection des DonnГ©es (CNPD) need to be sought prior to the launch of
the project.
VII. Training plan
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The AFR programme strongly encourages to complement basic academic training with additional
training targeting skills development to increase the employability and career prospects of
researchers.
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The Postdoc applicant has to provide a detailed training plan for the full duration of the postdoc
project.
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The plan should comprise the training formally foreseen by the programme, if any (e.g. structural
programme of courses during the first year). In addition, any scientific or methodological skills
training should be indicated, such as attendance in renowned scientific conferences, participation
in summerschools, methodological training courses, etc. The FNR Accompanying Measures
support up to one scientific training measure per researcher per year (for details, see www.fnr.lu:
AM2a: Active Participation in Scientific Conferences Abroad and AM2b: Training for
Researchers, including summer schools).
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Moreover, applicants are strongly encouraged to improve their non scientific skills through
appropriate training courses, such as project management, ethics, International Property Rights
(IPR), soft skills such as communication, public speaking, grant writing, … The FNR
Accompanying measures support up to one non scientific training measure per researcher per
year (for details, see www.fnr.lu: AM2b: Training for Researchers).
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Training activities such as courses in the field of the promotion of scientific culture
(communication of researchers with the public and other courses) as well as the practice of
activities in collaboration with schools, the media, etc. should form part of any training
programme of a PhD or postdoc researcher. These activities should also be included into the
training plan in the application form.
VIII. Personal statement
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Postdoc applicants are evaluated on their personal statement regarding the benefit of their
postdoctoral training for their personal career development.
Type of grant requested
The AFR contribution to a work contract
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The AFR contribution to a work contract has to be calculated by the Host Institution’s personnel
department, on the basis of the indications and documents submitted by the applicant in view of
the preparation of the work contract. Applicants should contact the Host Institution sufficiently in
advance to receive the amounts that are required by the FNR in the application form.
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For AFR beneficiaries under a work contract, the FNR pays annually in advance to the host
institution a contribution to the salary costs incurred.
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The AFR contribution should cover or contribute to the AFR beneficiary’s salary costs which are:
o the beneficiary’s gross salary, composed by
Вѓ net salary
Вѓ social security (such as health, accident, pension insurance)
Вѓ income tax
o the employer’s charges (social security and possibly other direct salary related
employer’s costs)
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The annual salary costs depend on the number of salary-months paid per year. It is not necessarily
based on 12 salary-months per calendar year. Certain countries apply 13 months as a rule. In
Luxembourg, 13 salary-months are current practice, but certain institutions may pay 12 months,
12.5 months or > 13 months.
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The maximum AFR contributions to work contracts are indicated hereafter. In case the AFR
project fulfils the criteria for a public-private partnership (see section �Incentive for public-private
partnerships’), an incentive is paid as indicated.
Max. AFR contribution (incl. employer’s
charges)
Supplements paid in case of a public-private
partnership
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PhD
Postdoc
35’492 €/yr
50’360 €/yr
3’426 €/yr
4’591 €/yr
A topping up by the employer is possible up to a certain amount corresponding to the below
indicated annual gross salaries (= not including employers’ charges). Above these amounts, the
project is not eligible any more:
Maximum gross salary eligible for AFR
support (in case of no PPP)
Maximum gross salary eligible for AFR
support (in case of an existing PPP)
PhD
Postdoc
50’017 €
75’026 €
53’991 €
80’028 €
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Based on the above figures, the gross salary paid to the AFR grantees in Luxembourg (without
PPP) corresponds to approx. 44.000 €/year or 3.400 €/month for postdoc grantees.
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For AFR beneficiaries working in foreign countries under a work contract, the employer’s
charges/social security contributions may be different, leading to a higher/ lower gross salary
(grantees should clarify in advance with their host institution what will be their gross salary).
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For host institutions that pay salaries below the amounts indicated (for example in the case of a
fixed public salary scale), the AFR contribution will be adapted accordingly.
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For host institutions that pay salaries above the amount indicated, the AFR contribution will not
be increased.
The AFR contribution as fellowship
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Fellowships (without work contract) are paid directly to the grantee through monthly instalments.
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The maximum annual AFR fellowship contribution is indicated hereafter. In case the AFR project
fulfils the criteria for a public-private partnership (see section �Incentive for public-private
partnerships’), an incentive is paid as indicated.
Max. AFR contribution (fellowship)
Supplements paid in case of a public-private
partnership
PhD
Postdoc
18’000 €/yr
25’200 €/yr
1’200 €/yr
1’800 €/yr
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A topping up of the fellowship is possible (for example in the case of an additional grant) up to a
threshold indicated in the table below. If the sum of the AFR grant and another fellowship
exceeds the indicated thresholds, the AFR contribution will be reduced accordingly:
Maximum amount eligible for AFR
fellowship (in case of no PPP)
Maximum amount eligible for AFR
fellowship (in case of an existing PPP)
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PhD
Postdoc
25’200 €/yr
36’000 €/yr
26’400 €/yr
37’800 €/yr
The maximum AFR contribution (without PPP) amounts to 2.100 €/month for postdocs.
Health and Accident Insurance
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It is mandatory that AFR beneficiaries have a valid health and accident insurance for the full
duration of their grant. In the case of a fellowship without a work contract, the FNR will require a
certificate indicating that the beneficiary will be co-insured through a family insurance or other.
Alternatively, a certificate of a specifically contracted insurance will be required.
Beneficiaries who are not covered by a health and accident (H&A) insurance (i.e. by parental or
spouse’s insurance) and must contract an insurance are eligible for a partial or full reimbursement
(up to 300 EUR/month) of the insurance costs by the FNR. The beneficiary has to submit a
certificate delivered by the contracted insurance company, indicating the name of the beneficiary,
the start and end date of the insurance, the insurance sum and conditions, and the costs of the
insurance.
X. Applicant’s and Host Institution’s Joint Declaration
The HI legal representative
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The HI Joint Declaration must be signed by the legal representative of the host institution. In case
of a fellowship (without work contract), the declaration may be signed by the administrative or
scientific responsible of the institution authorized to decide upon the acceptance of research
fellows by the institution. The position/function of the signing responsible in the host institution
has to be indicated and the official stamp of the HI must be put on the declaration.
AFR Terms and Conditions
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The AFR Terms and Conditions form the legal basis of AFR projects and clarify the roles and
responsibilities of the applicants, the host institutions as well as the main scientific contact and
any active partner in the project.
A copy of the AFR Terms and Conditions is available with the application documents.
Participants in the project declare that they have read and agree with the AFR terms and
conditions.
The European Charter and the Code of Conduct
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The principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the
recruitment of researchers form the basis for collaboration between the applicants, the host
institutions, the scientific collaborators and the FNR in the framework of AFR projects.
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The FNR signed the Charter on 18th August 2008. In the framework of the AFR projects, any
conflict with the principles of the Charter or Code should be indicated to the FNR who will
address within a reasonable timeframe any problem that is raised.
A copy of the principles of the Charter and Code is available with the application documents.
APPENDICES
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The letters of support by the responsible scientist and the PhD supervisor, respectively, are
confidential documents and have to be submitted in a closed separate envelope, either joined to
the full application in paper, or sent separately to the FNR before the elapse of the deadline.
Contacts
For further information about the AFR scheme, contact the FNR website www.fnr.lu or send us an Email
at: afr@fnr.lu
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