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Published:  28 Mar 2022

EU stands with Ukraine and Ukrainian researchers

The EU and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions host organisations are supporting Ukrainian researchers. The EU also has announced restrictive measures against Putin's regime in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people.

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The information provided on this page is a summary of what the EU does to help Ukrainian researchers. It also contains useful links to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) host organisations on how they can help Ukrainian researchers and their families. This page is being updated to reflect any new measures announced.

Termination of cooperation with Russian public entities in research and education

Updated: 12 April 2022

In addition to the measures already announced, the following now applies to the participation of Russian public entities and individuals in the Research and Innovation Framework Programmes.

  • The termination of ongoing grant agreements and subsequent payments to Russian public bodies or related organisations also includes the participation of Russian public entities or bodies in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).
  • MSCA fellowships and European Research Council (ERC) principal investigator grants to Russian individuals will in principle remain possible, keeping a thorough screening against the EU sanctions list.

‘Statement by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on the termination of cooperation with Russian public entities in research and education’ (8 April 2022)

EU agrees fifth package of restrictive measures against Russia

Updated: 8 April 2022

The European Commission welcomes today's agreement by the Council to adopt a fifth package of restrictive measures against Putin's regime in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. One of the measures is to exclude Russia from public contracts and European money, and bring legal clarifications and enforcement.

Further to measures previously announced in research and education, the Commission will terminate participation in all ongoing grant agreements to Russian public bodies or related entities, and suspend all related payments, under Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, Euratom, and Erasmus+.

No new contracts or agreements with Russian public bodies or related entities will be concluded under these programmes.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are part of Horizon Europe.

EU support to Ukraine

28 March 2022

Following Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine, the European Union (EU) has agreed on a series of restrictive measures on Russia. The European Commission has taken action to implement these.

In the field of research and innovation, these measures include

  • not engaging in further cooperation projects with Russian entities
  • halting any payments to Russian organisations involved in ongoing projects
  • ensuring continued participation for and support to Ukrainian entities and researchers in the Horizon Europe programme, including the MSCA

Read the statement by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, on the measures taken by the Commission.

The EU stands united in its solidarity with Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine and its people together with its international partners, including through additional political, financial and humanitarian support.

Read more about the EU’s solidarity measures with Ukraine

Learn more on how to get help if you need it or how you can help

ERA4Ukraine portal

ERA4Ukraine is a one-stop-shop for information and support services to Ukraine-based researchers and researchers fleeing Ukraine. The portal brings together initiatives at the EU level, per country and from non-governmental groups as well.

Through this portal, affected researchers can find housing and job opportunities, facilitate the recognition of their diplomas and receive other supporting services.

Beneficiaries of MSCA projects are encouraged to post their vacancies for Ukrainian researchers through the ‘Science4Refugees’ tab in the portal.

MSCA Guidelines and other helpful materials

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Guidelines for the Inclusion of Researchers at Risk is a guide for institutions and organisations open to host researchers at risk. It also includes useful resources for MSCA projects and host organisations.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Guidelines for Inclusion of Researchers at Risk

Inspireurope

Inspireurope is a Europe-wide alliance for researchers at risk. The network facilitates cooperation between initiatives and programmes supporting researchers at risk. Inspireurope provides useful resources: webinars, publications and contacts for prospective employers and host institutions in Europe seeking to support researchers at risk.

Learn more about Inspireurope.

Webinars and workshops

This Inspireurope webinar provides guidance on hosting researchers at risk. It also covers how employers and hosts can help researchers make the most of their stay.

Watch the Hosting Researchers at Risk webinar

This workshop from the Inspireurope 2020 Stakeholder Forum provides guidance for prospective employers and host organisations on mentoring and supporting researchers at risk.

Watch the Mentoring and Supporting Researchers at Risk webinar

This webinar provides guidance for new employers and host organisations to welcome researchers at risk in Europe.

Watch the Welcoming Researchers at Risk webinar

This webinar provides guidance on academic publishing for researchers at risk.

Watch the Academic Publishing for Researchers at Risk webinar

This webinar provides guidance on various approaches for host organisations to employ researchers at risk.

Watch the Funding Researchers at Risk to join the Host Organisation webinar

This 2020 Stakeholder Forum panel discussion addresses how academia and other organisations can create and expand opportunities for researchers at risk.

Watch the Expanding Opportunities for Researchers at Risk webinar

Jobs and refugee hosting

The Science4Refugees initiative and EURAXESS portal provide research, refugee-friendly internships, part-time and full-time jobs, access to a European research community, as well as a complete range of information and support services on working and living in Europe.

MSCA projects and participating organisations are encouraged to post their research vacancies for Ukrainian nationals on the portal.

EURAXESS - Science4refugees

The EU Neighbours Portal offers interesting jobs, volunteering opportunities, training and courses open also or only for Ukrainian citizens.

Learn more about Euneighbourseast.eu.

Support in EU Member States

Jobs and refugee hosting

Austria

The Austrian Academy of Sciences is offering an emergency call for applications from Ukrainian researchers as part of its academic mobility programme ‘Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities’ (JESH).

Czech Republic

The Neuron Science Endowment Fund, its patrons and IOCB Tech have teamed up to help young scientists who are currently leaving Ukraine to seek refuge in the Czech Republic.

Denmark

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies will launch a fellowship programme for researchers affected by the war in Ukraine. 10-15 fellowships will be awarded.

France

The Collège de France supports the PAUSE program in its solidarity action towards Ukrainian scientists in danger. The PAUSE program opens a special appeal for emergency aid to Ukrainian researchers.

Germany

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding under the Walter Benjamin Programme.

Technische Universität München has put in place an ad-hoc support programme for researchers from Ukraine on different levels. Fellows are welcome to bring dependent family members (for example, their children) with them.

This funding offer from VolkswagenStiftung is aimed at Ukrainian scientists who have already fled to Germany after the Russian invasion of their country or who will arrive in Germany in the coming weeks.

Poland

The Polish Agency for Academic Exchange has launched the NAWA Ukraine website providing information for nationals from Ukraine seeking to conduct research in Poland.

Sweden

Ukrainian researchers arriving in Sweden in 2022 can now apply for the grants offered by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) to conduct their research there. The call is aimed at Ukrainian citizens with a doctoral degree.

Other initiatives

Jobs and refugee hosting

Science for Ukraine is a platform where students, scientists and scholars from Ukraine can find vacancies and accommodation possibilities all over the world. Organisations can also post their vacancies and help offers. There is a guide available for institutions with frequently asked questions and answers.

The Scholars at Risk network protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty, and well-being, in part by arranging positions of sanctuary at institutions in their network for those forced to flee.

These positions, which can range from six months to two years but are usually one year in duration, are visiting scholar, researcher, or professor engagements at a higher education institution in a safe location anywhere in the world.

Housing and logistic support

UkraineTakeShelter.com is an independent platform connecting Ukrainian nationals with potential hosts and housing. This website is a public bulletin.

Awesome Ukraine Support is a website updated on a daily basis containing an array of useful information for Ukrainian nationals about housing, research funding, aid organisations and much more.

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Published:  28 Mar 2022