Policy and strategy
Public research in Luxembourg
Public research in Luxembourg is a young and dynamic field with research policy contributing to the country's transition to a knowledge-based society. The overarching rationale behind research policy is to strengthen innovation as a key driver of sustainability, socio-economic development and the process of economic diversification.
Luxembourg is a dynamic and open country, where research has become a key pilar in the diversification of the economy and in creating new horizons for society.
Public research under the administrative supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research is performed at the following institutions:
In 2018, Luxembourg retained its position as one of the 20 most competitive economies in the world, as shown by the 2017-2018 WEF Global Competitiveness Index, where it was ranked 19th out of 137 countries (15th for Innovation and 1st for Technological Readiness); and in the 2018 European Innovation Scoreboard, Luxembourg was also identified as a leader of innovation, alongside Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and the UK.
Various other research institutions are also supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, including the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law.
Most of the country’s public higher education and research activities have premises in Belval, a former industrial brownfield reconverted for a total budget in the region of €1 billion. Belval is an outstanding illustration of the “knowledge triangle” of research, higher education and innovation. The colocation of science and innovation on the same site opens opportunities for cooperation and interdisciplinary research as well as the consolidation of shared activities.
Luxembourg’s R&D intensity target for 2020 is to reach 2.3% to 2.6% of its GDP. The innovation policy strategy for the coming years is based on the development of holistic research. Key priorities include consolidating an eclectic society and developing cooperation between wide-ranging players, and fostering a culture of knowledge transfer to the economy and society. Last but not least, maintaining the international dimension which is an essential characteristic of Luxembourg society and economic development will be a key priority for strong science-based, innovation-driven growth.