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Joint Proposal Submission with Luxembourg (D-LUX)

Within the scope of D-LUX collaboration, an agreement has been signed between the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and its Luxembourgish partner organisation FNR (Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg) regarding the mutual opening of funding programmes (‘lead agency’ process) to facilitate the implementation of cross-border research projects.

Information about the Programme


Implementation of a research project on a specific topic for a set period of time funded by individual grants programmes or the coordinated programmes of Research Units or Priority Programmes with partners from Luxembourg.

Eligibility Requirements

Researchers in all disciplines at German research institutions who have completed research training (generally a doctorate) and their partners in Luxembourg, who must be eligible to submit proposals to their national funding agency.

Not eligible: Employees of institutions with purely commercial aims; employees of institutions which are not permitted to publish results in a generally accessible form.

Proposal Requirements

Projects must compete with purely national proposals. The research project must therefore offer high academic quality and originality at international level.

Bilateral research projects in which a substantial proportion of the research takes place in Germany and Luxembourg are submitted to the lead agency in one of the two partner countries. Following approval, these D-LUX projects are then funded separately by the relevant national funding organisations.

Type and Extent of Funding

The type and extent of funding for the German component of a project are fully based on the rules for research grants.Interner Link

Funding Duration

Project-specific (normally a number of years)

Forms and Guidelines

Proposal Deadlines

If the DFG is the lead agency: Initial proposals: no submission deadline; renewal proposals: no later than 6 months prior to consumption of approved funds. Otherwise, refer to the proposal deadlines of the partner organisations.


If you have any questions about the funding opportunities offered by the DFG and about subject-specific matters, please get in touch with the corresponding contact at Head Office.

Proposal submissions for individual grants, Research Units and Priority Programmes:

Proposal submissions for Research Training Groups:

Proposal submissions for Collaborative Research Centres:

Further Information

The DFG supports international cooperation in a variety of ways. For an overview, please see