Evaluation of the three Luxembourg Centres de Recherche Public

Publication date: 1 March 2019 | Report language: EN

In 1987, the country of Luxembourg established public research centres (CRPs), mainly to support applied research to meet business-sector needs. During the last decade, CRPs have increasingly focused on more strategic applied (and occasionally oriented basic) research. Recently performance agreements between the ministry in charge and the CRPs were introduced, two CRPs merged into LIST (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology) and the other two, LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research) and LIH (Luxembourg Institute of Health, the result of the integration of the Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg with the former Health Science Institute) were restructured and renamed. As a consequence, the autonomy of CRP chief executives to implement the strategy defined by their board and to take all decisions relating to the day-to-day management of the CRP was increased. CRPs now receive a block grant, in the form of indicator based funding. External evaluations are part of the management cycle of the funding. Technopolis performed the first evaluations of the cycle. The evaluations were peer review based (1 peer team for LISER, 5 for LIH (4 at department level, 1 at institute level) and 4 for LIST (3 at department level, 1 at institute level)). The information for the peers mainly came from structured self-assessments by the institute departments and the institutes. Technopolis provided structure and support to the peer review teams and the institutes, and has amongst others analysed strategy, performance (including a bibliometric study by ECOOM) and organisation. Technopolis also provided advice on the governance of the CRP system at country level. In general, the institutes were performing at international level, but had opportunity to improve to become internationally leading. More explicit strategies and better use of the block-grant there receive should contribute to this. Also international cooperation and cooperation with customers should be incentivised and increased.

Read the final reports on the CRP, LIH, LIST, and LISER.