Financial aid for SME innovation

This page was last modified on 22-02-2018

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 projects.

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Who is concerned

The financial aid is intended for small and medium-sized enterprises 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

Submitting the application

A standard application file 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, signed and submitted before work starts on the project:

Applications for aid must include the following information and documents:

  • the name and size of the company;
  • a description of the project or programme, of the activity or the investment, 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 of aid and the amount of aid necessary for the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations;
  • each relevant element that will allow the competent ministers to evaluate the quality or specificity of the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations plus its incentive effect.
For any company that was established less than three years ago it is mandatory 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




Use of innovation advisory and support services*



* 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 three 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 financial aid

Capital subsidies 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.

Who to contact

Ministry of the Economy
19-21, boulevard Royal
L-2449 - Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 247-84162

5, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
L-4362 - Esch-sur-Alzette
Phone: (+352) 43 62 63-1
Fax: (+352) 43 81 20