UKRI and FNR are charged with fostering and supporting academic research within their own communities in their respective countries. Both UKRI and FNR recognise that the best research may be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally.
FNR and UKRI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to welcome, encourage and support collaborative applications that may cut across UK and Luxembourg national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams. The MoU provides for a lead agency agreement, which has been active since 2013, whereby UKRI will receive and assess joint applications from eligible applicants on behalf of both organisations.
You may apply until the end of the MoU agreement between UKRI and FNR on 5 June 2027, unless otherwise extended. Successful joint projects between UK and Luxembourg researchers that extend past the end of the MoU will continue to be supported by UKRI and FNR.
It is the responsibility of the research organisation, and all engaged in the research, to make every reasonable effort to ensure that the outcomes obtained in the course of the research, whether patentable or not, are used to the advantage of society and the economy. Research outcomes should be disseminated to both research and more widespread audiences, for example, to inform potential users and beneficiaries of the research.
Unless stated otherwise, the ownership of intellectual property, and responsibility for its exploitation, rests with the organisation that generates it. Where the grant is associated with more than 1 research organisation, project partners or both, the basis of collaboration between the organisations, including ownership of intellectual property and rights to exploitation, is expected to be set out in a formal collaboration agreement.
It is the responsibility of the research organisation to put such an agreement in place before the research begins. The terms of collaboration agreements must not conflict with FNR and UKRI terms and conditions.
Arrangements for collaboration, exploitation or both must not prevent the future progression of research and the dissemination of research results in accordance with academic custom and practice. A temporary delay in publication is acceptable in order to allow commercial and collaborative arrangements to be established.
The grant holder should, subject to the procedures laid down by the research organisation, publish the results of the research in accordance with normal academic practice. Publications and other forms of media communication, including media appearances, press releases and conferences, must acknowledge the support received from UKRI and FNR, quoting the grant reference number if appropriate.
Applicants in receipt of awards from UKRI and FNR must follow the open access requirements of the respective organisations. The specific requirements are dependent on the type of publication. For further information on UKRI’s open access policy, please refer to UKRI’s website. For further information on FNR’s open access policy, please refer to FNR’s website.
The research organisation must ensure that all those associated with the research are aware of, and accept, these arrangements.
Data, including personal data, is shared between UKRI and FNR to enable the secure and efficient processing and assessment of applications via a secure transfer mechanism, as appropriate. Information shared may include applicant and reviewer information, application details and reviewing documents.
UKRI and FNR are committed to maintaining data confidentiality, protection and privacy and intend to fully abide by their own applicable laws and policies concerning the sharing of data in collaborative activities. UKRI and FNR carry out the processing of personal data in accordance with the applicable national and EU data protection laws.
Further information on how UKRI processes personal data can be found in the UKRI privacy notice and data protection policy.
UKRI-FNR operational guidance (PDF, 206KB)
Annex 1: AHRC-FNR specific guidance (PDF, 74KB)
Annex 2: ESRC-FNR specific guidance (PDF, 134KB)