Financial aid for innovation clusters

Knowledge dissemination and research companies and organisations may be eligible for financial aid to invest in and manage innovation clusters.

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

Who is concerned

The aid is intended for legal entities to build, modernise or manage an innovation cluster, i.e. a structure or a group composed of independent parties (innovative start-ups, large enterprises, SMEs, research institutes, knowledge dissemination organisations, non-profit associations, etc.) established in Luxembourg. Their purpose is to stimulate innovation through:

  • promotional activities;
  • equipment sharing;
  • exchange of knowledge and expertise;
  • contributions to knowledge transfer, networking, the dissemination of information and collaboration between the companies and entities that comprise the cluster.


Terms and conditions

Companies and private research organisations must satisfy the terms and conditions that apply to all types of aid for research, development and innovation.

Eligible costs

The eligible costs covered by the investment aid are the investment costs in tangible and intangible assets.

The eligible costs for the financial aid associated with the management of the cluster are payroll expenses and administrative costs related to the following activities:

  • promotional operations to attract new members to the innovation cluster and to increase the cluster's visibility;
  • management of facilities at the innovation cluster;
  • organisation of training programmes, workshops and conferences to facilitate knowledge transfer and networking between members of the innovation cluster as well as cross-border collaboration;
  • management of the cluster in order to foster collaboration, information sharing and the provision of support services to specialist companies tailored to their needs.

How to proceed

Filing an application

The Ministry of the Economy provides a standard application template for investment aid for innovation clusters as well as for aid for the management of innovation clusters.

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 (business plan);
  • 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.

Maximum amounts of financial aid available

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


Company or private research institute

Investment aid

50 %

Aid associated with management

50 %

The financial aid associated with management is limited to a maximum duration of 10 years.

The investment aid may be increased by 5% for innovation clusters located in assisted areas (currently Differdange and Dudelange).

Payment of financial aid

Investment aid for innovation clusters made be granted in the form of capital subsidies, repayable advances, interest relief, guarantees or loans.

Financial aid for the management of innovation clusters may take the form of capital subsidies or repayable advances.

Forms / Online services

Aid for innovation clusters - Guidelines for an application 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.

Modèle de demande d'aide en faveur d'un pôle d'innovation

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

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.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

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.

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