Specific support for Ukrainian research and innovation

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In view of the Russia’s ongoing war of aggression, Ukraine faces increasingly damaged research infrastructure, logistical and financial difficulties in maintaining research activities in the country, as well as a dangerous brain drain.

From the first day of Russia’s unjustified and illegal war against Ukraine, the European Union and its allies have made the collective decision to support Ukraine.

The European Commission is not engaging into further cooperation projects with Russian entities and suspending the preparations of grant agreement for the projects under Horizon Europe programme that involve Russian research organisations as well. The EC also suspends any payment to Russian entities under existing contracts.

The EC strongly committed to ensuring a continued successful participation of Ukraine and Ukrainian entities in Horizon Europe and Euratom Research and Training programmes.

Consequently Ukrainian scientists and researchers are considered as key participants in the EU Framework programmes for R&I.

On 9 June 2022, the Agreement associating Ukraine to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027), and to the Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025) entered into force. The Ukrainian research and innovation actors can fully participate in these programmes on equal terms with entities from the EU Member States.

Ukraine does not have to contribute financially for the present and there is a general encouragement across the Horizon Europe Work Programme to create opportunities, where possible, for the affected persons and entities of Ukraine.

In addition, the EU offered dedicated tangible support to the Ukrainian research and innovation community.

Dedicated initiatives:

Calls to support cooperation frameworks

Strategic Partnership on Raw Materials

Administrative cooperation arrangement on Copernic data access and Earth Observation data exchange

Other available support

Hop On Facility allows for legal entities Ukrainian to join ongoing Horizon projects that have no partner from the Widening countries (still opened).

Joint fellowship initiative with the European University Institute (EUI) in science for policy competences and JRC’s calls to access its 60 unique research infrastructure facilities, including nuclear, are open to Ukraine.

Finally, JRC provides policy advice on smart specialisation and technology transfer and carries assessment work of demographic future of Ukraine and the post-war water-related needs.

Support to Eastern Partnership (EaP) partner countries – provides resources to help increase participation in Horizon Europe (available).