Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Work with researchers in Luxembourg on arts and humanities projects

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Apply for funding to work with researchers in Luxembourg on arts and humanities projects.

You must:

  • be based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding
  • partner with a team in Luxembourg approved by the FNR
  • have a doctorate or equal experience.

AHRC and FNR will jointly fund successful applications.

The full economic cost of the UK part of the project can be between £50,000 and £1 million. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost. Luxembourg-based researchers can apply for funding for the full economic cost of their project.

Who can apply

UK partners

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are actively engaged in postdoctoral research
  • have either a doctorate or can show that you have equivalent research experience or training
  • have the level of skills, knowledge and experience appropriate for your proposed project
  • are a member of a recognised research organisation or have an offer of support (including use of facilities) from a recognised research organisation.

You must also comply with AHRC’s current eligibility criteria for standard and early career AHRC research grant proposals.

Read section two of the AHRC research funding guide.

Luxembourg partners

You must be based at an eligible institution in Luxembourg. These include:

  • public research centres
  • University of Luxembourg
  • public bodies, departments and establishments which can support research in your chosen area.

You can find more information about eligibility in the FNR INTER application guidelines (PDF, 793KB). Email at FNR for questions about eligibility.

What we're looking for

You can submit a collaborative research proposal in any area of the arts and humanities within the remit of both AHRC and FNR.

All proposals should be submitted through our standard grants schemes.

The full economic cost of the UK part of the project can be between £50,000 and £1 million. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Check if your proposal is suitable for AHRC funding.

The funding you request from FNR must follow the relevant FNR funding rules. You do not have to request equal amounts from AHRC and FNR. The difference should reflect the variations in costs and local prices.

Information about the eligible budget costs for Luxembourg-based researchers can be found in the FNR INTER application guidelines (PDF, 793KB).

How to apply

You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

A PDF copy of the application should be sent to FNR, with the FNR INTER documents attached. This must be done no later than seven days after you submit your application to AHRC.

To download a PDF copy of your application:

  • open the application (you may need to tick ‘show documents submitted to council’ at the top of the screen)
  • select ‘document actions’ at the top of the screen
  • select ‘print document’
  • select ‘download the PDF version including attachments’.

More information can be found in the FNR INTER application guidelines (PDF, 793KB).

When applying, select ‘new document’ then:

  • council: AHRC
  • document type: standard proposal
  • scheme: research grants standard
  • call/type/mode: research grants (open call).

The title field of the proposal must begin with the words ‘Bilateral AHRC/FNR’.

Je-S attachments

You must attach the following documents to your Je-S application:

  • case for support
  • justification of resources (including UK costs and a summary of the Luxembourg costs)
  • data management plan
  • project partners’ letters of support
  • head of department letter of support for international co-investigators
  • CVs for all named researchers, both UK and Luxembourg-based (each CV should be no more than two pages long).

Luxembourg researchers should also complete the following as additional Je-S attachments (all available on the FNR website) and pass them onto their UK principal investigator to upload to the proposal (under ‘other attachment’):

  • FNR project plan form
  • FNR budget spreadsheet
  • FNR justification of costs form (for costs being requested from FNR).

The Je-S submission portal allows only one principal investigator to be included in a proposal. On the Je-S form, the principal investigator is therefore the UK principal investigator and the Luxembourg principal investigator needs to be recorded as a co-investigator.

All investigators named on the Je-S application form, whether based in the UK or Luxembourg, must have a Je-S account. Where a named investigator does not already have a Je-S account, one can be easily set up.

This process can take a number of days. It is therefore strongly recommended that the process is started well before the application deadline.

No staff costs should be included for the Luxembourg principal investigator or co-investigator in the Je-S form. In the ‘investigator’ section, ‘zero’ should be entered into the fields which ask for ‘salary rate’ and ‘total number of hours to be charged to the grant over the duration of the grant’ for the Luxembourg principal investigator.

You can also find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook.

If you need further help, you can find contact information for Je-S in the ‘contact details’ section.

There is no application deadline and you can submit proposals to this funding opportunity at any time. We will accept proposals on an ongoing basis until the UKRI FNR agreement expires on 5 June 2027.

How we will assess your application

We will assess applications as part of our normal standard grants process, except that:

  • we will include an FNR-nominated reviewer (where possible)
  • both AHRC and FNR will approve the final funding decision.

The assessment process usually takes around 30 weeks.

The proposed start date of your project must be at least nine months after the date of your application. It can sometimes take longer than expected for us to get peer reviews. We will let you know if there is a delay.

Contact details

Get help with developing your proposal

For help and advice on costings and writing your proposal, please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.

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UK partners


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Luxembourg partners


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Additional info

UKRI and FNR, Luxembourg, have signed a statement of intent to encourage and support proposals that involve international collaborative teams.

Proposals approved for funding will be jointly supported by AHRC and FNR.

International researchers and specialists who are named, or have their position listed, on a successful grant may be eligible for the Global Talent visa.

Supporting documents

FNR INTER application guidelines (PDF, 792KB)

AHRC research funding guide


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