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Ukraine

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a large-scale military invasion into the sovereign territory of Ukraine.

The ongoing invasion is causing many casualties, the displacement of millions of people, and is destroying a large amount of infrastructure in Ukraine.

In line with the international outcry against this act of aggression, Science Europe and its Member Organisations have made statements and undertaken actions to support the people of Ukraine, including its researchers.

The overview below is not exhaustive and is being updated as the situation evolves.

Statements and Actions by Science Europe Members

Academy of Finland (AKA)

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Statement

The Austrian Science Fund is taking several measures in response to Russian aggression, including:

  • the suspension of co-operation with the Russian Science Foundation
  • a suspension of authorisation of new funding for research projects with Russian participation
  • fast-tracking the review of grant applications and project extensions involving Ukrainian researchers.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)

Statement

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences makes its hotel in Sofia and its holiday base in Varna available to accommodate Ukrainian scientists and their families.

Czech Science Foundation (GACR)

The Czech Science Foundation is recommending its funded and applicant grantees to consider the participation of Ukrainian scientists in collaborations, as well as considering to increase the funding for grants to postdocs from abroad to work in the Czech republic for three years.

Dutch Research Council (NWO)

Statement

NWO establishes 1 million euros emergency fund for victims of the Ukrainian crisis. The aim is to support Ukrainian, Russian and Belarussian co-workers within NWO. 

The Dutch research council has suspended partnerships with Russian and Belarussian organisations.

Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH)

Statement

The Eötvös Loránd Research Network have created an overview of offers of support from its research centres, including the opening of positions to Ukrainian researchers and provision of accommodation.

Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)

Statement

The Foundation for Polish Science has launched a dedicated funding scheme in SSH for researchers working in Ukrainian research institutions.

It is also working on launching a contact point where scientists from Ukraine will be able to obtain information about current opportunities for them in Poland, and has encouraged its excellence centres to hire scientists fleeing from Ukraine.

French National Research Agency (ANR)

Statement

The French National Research Agency has set up an assistance mechanism to gather the needs and support scientific communities facing challenges, due to the current situation in Ukraine, in preparing or conducting projects (extension of post-docs, researcher accommodation, etc.).

Pause-Ukraine and the ANR, under the guidance of MESRI, have developed a jointly coordinated scheme to support and strengthen the accommodation of Ukrainian scientists in French laboratories. 

Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS)

The Fund for Scientific Research has put in place exceptional ‘Scientific Solidarity Credits’ to aid the accommodation of Ukrainian researchers.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Statement

The German Research Foundation has discontinued scientific collaborations with Russian partners in support of the German government's consistent response to the Russian aggression.

The German Research Foundation has since 2015 run a programme to support refugee researchers. The support was most recently extended by the end of last year.

Health Research Board (HRB)

Statement

The Health Research Board Ireland has announced a new supplementary grant scheme where existing HRB grant holders can apply for support to integrated displaced researchers from Ukraine into their projects and activities.

Lithuanian Research Council (LMT)

Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)

Statement

The Luxembourg National Research Fund has set up a measure to provide support for researchers who have fled the war in Ukraine.

National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)

Statement

INFN have launched a call for research grants to support Ukrainian scientists.

National Science Centre of Poland (NCN)

Statement

The National Science Centre has created an overview of its support actions, including a special funding scheme for researchers from Ukraine and encouragement towards its grant winners to employ Ukrainian researchers in their projects. NCN has released information about the winners of the NCN programme for Ukraine.

It has also suspended collaborations with Russian research institutes for its grantees.

Research Council of Norway (RCN)

The Research Council of Norway has put on hold all institutional agreements between Norwegian and Russian research and educational institutions.

Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)

Statement

The Research Foundation Flanders has discontinued its partnership with the Russian Science Foundation and no longer funds Russian or Belarussian research partnerships.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Science Foundation Ireland has launched a new supplemental grant scheme to enable existing SFI grant holders and their host institutions to provide opportunities to researchers from Ukraine to collaborate on existing SFI-funded research.

Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)

The Slovenian Research Agency is planning activitities to enable researchers from Ukraine to get involved in research in Slovenia.

Swedish Research Council (VR)

The Swedish Research Council no longer allows transfer of funds to research partners in Russia or Belarus. It has also set up an overview of support initiatives from Swedish higher education institutions and research funding bodies. The Swedish Research Council is also contributing financially to the Swedish section of Scholars at Risk and their work on supporting Ukrainian researchers.

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Statement

The SNSF is making available 9 million francs to host researchers from Ukraine at universities in Switzerland through Scholars at Risk and supporting them with a series of additional measures.

It is also providing grant extensions to researchers working in collaboration with Ukrainian, Russian, or Belarussian scientists, whose projects have been affected by the war.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

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