Research and innovation

Luxembourg, a breeding ground for R&D and innovation

Luxembourg has a strong R&D and technology culture. The Luxembourg governement invests important financial and organisational resources into these activities. Many big players have established their R&D centre in Luxembourg.

  • Goodyear operates its largest R&D centre outside the US in Colmar-Berg, located in the centre of the Grand Duchy;
  • Delphi, with its European headquarters and worldwide powertrain business headquarters in Bascharage, also employs over 600 technical experts in its Luxembourg R&D centre;
  • DuPont de Nemours, Novelis/Hindalco, Ceratizit, IEE, ArcelorMittal, SES and Paul Wurth all operate R&D activities in the Grand Duchy.

As research, development and innovation are crucial for competitiveness, the government has invested substantial financial and organisational resources.

State incentive packages for R&D

State incentive packages for research and development have been improved, with a greater focus on innovation, including the services sectors. Support can come in the form of direct grants or loans from the National Credit and Investment Institution (Société nationale de crédit et d’investissement, SNCI), a bank under public law.

Support for young innovative companies

Innovative start-ups can be incubated, hosted and coached in publicly owned facilities to ease their early development and access to state services and support. The incubator Technoport SA offers hospitality for innovative projects and young innovative companies. Founded in 2012, Technoport SA brings together under one governance various public incubation infrastructures.

A recent reform of innovation incentive measures has taken this policy to a new level, with increased focus on innovative managerial and production processes in all types of firms.

Luxembourg at the heart of an international network of universities

Luxembourg is well integrated in an international cluster of universities. In the area known as 'Greater Region' comprising the Grand Duchy, the Belgian region of Wallonia, the French Lorraine region and the German federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, there are 15 universities with 250,000 students and 25,000 researchers. The establishment in 2003 of the research-driven University of Luxembourg opens interesting prospects for R&D cooperation between the public and private sectors. So do the three public research centres which are focused on different industry-specific sectors. Their missions are to boost and foster R&D activities in Luxembourg, to encourage technical and scientific cooperation, as well as technology transfer between the public and private sectors and to stimulate new economic activities.

Public spending on research in progress

Since 2000, Luxembourg has multiplied its public expenditure on public research by ten. In 2013, Luxembourg achieved its objective to invest over 1% of its GDP into public research. Added to this are the 1.4% of GNP invested in R%D by private companies.

(Source: Luxembourg for Business and Innovation)

  • Updated 07-02-2017