Financial aid for SME innovation

Small and medium-sized enterprises with innovative projects may be eligible for financial aid in the form of subsidies or repayable advances. The financial aid can cover a percentage of the eligible costs, which vary depending on the type of project, programme or activity.

Applications for financial aid are to be submitted to the Ministry of the Economy's Department for Research and Innovation. Luxinnovation can provide help to set up your projects.


Who is concerned

The financial aid is intended for private enterprises and research organisations established in Luxembourg.


Terms and conditions

Small and medium-sized enterprises have to meet the terms and conditions applicable to all types of aid for research, development and innovation.

Eligible costs

Costs associated with the following are eligible:

  • the acquisition, validation and defence of patents and other intangible assets (licences, know-how and other types of intellectual property);
  • the posting of highly qualified personnel from a research or knowledge dissemination organisation or from a large enterprise undertaking research, development and innovation tasks as part of a newly created role within the beneficiary company, without replacing other members of staff;
  • consultancy services provided by external consultants that are not permanent or recurrent in nature and do not form part of the company's normal business expenditure (regular tax or legal advisory services, advertising);
  • advisory and innovation support services.

How to proceed

Filing an application

A standard application template for financial aid for SME innovation has been made available to companies by the Ministry of the Economy.

The completed application and accompanying documents must be dated and signed by a person authorised to sign on behalf of the business and must be submitted before work starts on the project in electronic format or by post to the Research and innovation Directorate at the Ministry of the Economy.

In the event of a submission by post, the following must be indicated on the envelope:

Ministère de l'Economie
Demande d'aides d'Etat

The application for aid must namely include the following information and documents:

  • the name and size of the company;
  • a description of the project or programme, of the activity or investment, and of the related works and its innovative nature, including its start and end dates;
  • a description of the economic valuation methods for the results of the project or programme, for the activity or the investment and the related operations, and its economic potential;
  • the location of the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations;
  • a list of the costs for the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations;
  • the type and amount of aid necessary for the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations;
  • any relevant piece of information that will allow the competent ministers to assess the qualities or specificities of the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations plus its incentive effect.
Each business which was established less than 3 years ago is required to provide a business plan.

Maximum amounts of financial aid

The amount of aid will be calculated on the basis of the eligible costs of the project and may not exceed the following cap:



Medium-sized enterprise or medium-sized private research institute

Small enterprise or small private research organisation


- costs in relation with advisory services

- costs in relation with the acquisition, validation and defence of patents and other intangible assets

- costs in relation with the posting of highly qualified staff

50 %

50 %

Costs in relation with advisory and support services regarding innovation*

100 %

100 %

* Provided the total amount of financial aid granted for these innovation advisory and support services does not exceed EUR 0.2 million per company or private research organisation over a period of 3 years.

Innovation advisory services refer to advice, assistance and training in the following areas:

  • knowledge transfer;
  • the acquisition, protection and use of intangible assets;
  • the use of standards and regulations that include them.  

Innovation support services, with a view to developing more efficient projects, procedures or services, refer in particular to:

  • databases;
  • libraries;
  • market research;
  • laboratories:
  • quality labelling;
  • testing and certification.

Payment of aid

Capital grants and repayable advances are paid out after completion of the project or programme concerned.

However, one or more advance payments may be made as the investments, operations or activities for which the aid was granted are realised.

Forms / Online services

Innovation aid for SMEs - application form for State aid

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Aide à l'innovation pour PME - Formulaire de demande d'aide

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Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

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Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Innovationsbeihilfen für KMU – Formular für die Beantragung staatlicher Fördermittel

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