AUDACE «Quebec-Luxembourg» Program, fall 2020


Competition year :



Deadline (notice or letter of intent) :

September 16th, 2020, 4 PM


Deadline (application) :

December 9th, 2020, 4 PM


Amount :

FRQ: up to $100,000, FNR: up to EU100,000; over a period of 12 months, may be spread over 24 months


Duration :

1 year


Announcement of results :

April 2021



Electronic forms are available in the E-Portfolio (FRQnet) of the applicant (FRQSC plateform). More details are available in the About FRQnet   section.

In the event of a discrepancy between the English and French versions of this program, the French version prevails.



In the event of a discrepancy between the English and French versions of this program, the French version prevails.

This program refers to the Common General Rules(CGR), which are applicable to all programs of the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Any special terms and conditions applicable to the International "Québec-Luxembourg"AUDACE program are indicated in this document, and these prevail over the CGR.

Version on June 30, 2020 subject to the approval of the ministre de l'Économie et de l'Innovation.

In your application, you will be able to describe how the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected your training or research activities during the past few months, in order for this information to be considered in the evaluation of your application. Please refer to the document "Considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the evaluation of funding applications" for further information.




The evolution of scientific research leads to international and interdisciplinary/intersectoral collaborations (according to the FRQ concept). Convinced that an intersectoral approach will open up novel research perspectives, introduce groundbreaking conceptual frameworks, cast new light on complex phenomena and provide innovative solutions to multidimensional issues, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) invite members of their scientific communities from all research sectors as defined by the FRQ (natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, arts and letters) to address new research perspectives by viewing them through the prism of a truly joint, co-constructed, integrated approach.

To encourage scientific collaboration between Québec and Luxembourg, both funding agencies decided to propose a bilateral program to fund collaborative projects between the scientific community of each part. More precisely, the FRQ and FNR aim to promote projects with a high level of risk in offering favourable conditions to researchers from Québec and Luxembourg for initiating projects with a high level of risk and the potential for high impacts, be they scientific, social, economic, technological, cultural, aesthetic, etc.

In this perspective, FRQ and FNR launch a call for bilateral proposals aligned to the objectives of the FRQ AUDACE program which succeeded to fill-in-the-gap in its funding programs in promoting exploratory intersectoral/interdisciplinary initiatives with the potential to radically transform research and creation. FRQ will act as lead-agency in this call.

With the international "Québec-Luxembourg" AUDACE program, researchers from Québec and Luxembourg are invited to submit proposals which: 

  • are in line with an interdisciplinary/intersectoral (as defined by the FRQ) approach engage in a joint, co-created "research approach" whose mode of operation lies outside of the hierarchization of fields of knowledge – in the sense that they involve collaboration between at least two researchers from Québec coming from two sectors covered by different FRQ (Nature et technologies, Santé, Société et culture) andat least one researcher from Luxembourg with a complementary expertise ;
  • dare to break with established frameworks and patterns of thought ;
  • are likely to produce radically innovative knowledge and have a high potential for impact.


General objective

The FRQ and FNR aim with this international "Québec-Luxembourg" AUDACE program to support bold research that offers a departure from traditional approaches. For the purposes of this program, "bold" refers to the ability of the researchers and their project to go beyond the existing paradigms of their respective scientific cultures and fields of research – theories, practices, hypotheses, methods, and even modes of thought. The FRQ and FNR also wish to encourage innovative research proposals with a high potential to transform and to produce considerable impacts, regardless of their nature (scientific, social, economic, technological, cultural, aesthetic…).

Specific objectives

More specifically, through this program, the FRQ and FNR aim to:

  • Foster intersectoral/interdisciplinary networking between scientific communities from Québec and Luxembourg by funding bold research projects;
  • Encourage intersectoral initiatives by supporting projects at the crossroads of disciplines, domains and sectors (as defined by the FRQ);
  • Provide funding for projects considered risky because of their boldness and which, due to their intersectoral nature, do not fall within the scope of the regular funding programs offered by each of the three FRQ.

By "interdisciplinary/intersectoral networking", the FRQ and FNR are referring to a research and collaboration approach to work on a research topic, problem, method or question which, in order to shed new light on common or shared research issues, brings together at least two researchers from Québec coming at least from two sectors covered by different FRQ (Nature et technologiesSantéSociété et culture) and at least one researchers from Luxembourg with a complementaly expertise. We are talking about going beyond the simple combination or juxtaposition of several disciplines, domains and sectors (or even the instrumentalization of one discipline, domain or sector by another) to resolve a problem or tackle a research topic. From an intersectoral perspective, disciplines, domains and sectors must firmly engage in a joint, co-created "research approach" whose mode of operation lies outside of the hierarchization of fields of knowledge.

Competition frequency

In order to promote scientific collaborations between Quebec and Luxembourg and to foster inter-disciplinary exchanges on high-risk projects with a potential for high impacts, the two funding agencies are committed to offer this bilateral call AUDACE for three annual calls, respectively in fall 2020, 2021 and 2022.


Detailed Program Description:

Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC) Web site

For the Fonds de recherche du Québec :

Sophie Gauthier-Clerc
Responsable de programmes
Direction des défis de société et des maillages intersectoriels
Bureau du scientifique en chef
Téléphone : 524-873-2114 ou 418-643-8560 poste 1269
Courriel : 

For the Fonds National de Recherche du Luxembourg :

Asaël Rouby
Programme Manager
Fonds National de la recherche du Luxembourg
Maison du Savoir
Téléphone : +352 261925-1
Courriel : 


Do you have questions?

Sophie Gauthier-Clerc

Program manager
Directorate of Societal Challenges and Intersectoral Networks


514 873-2114, ext 1269



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