Specific support for Ukrainian research and innovation
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.
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. The Agreement applies with a retroactive effect from 1 January 2021.
Ukraine participates in the Horizon Europe and Euratom Programmes without having to contribute financially for the years 2021 and 2022 and there is a general encouragement to applicants to create opportunities for the Ukrainian research and innovation actors affected by war.
The Commission will support the opening of a Horizon Europe office in Kyiv mid-2023. It will promote EU funding opportunities, offer technical support to Ukrainian researchers and innovators, and strengthen networks between Ukrainian and European institutions.
In addition, the EU has resolved to offer dedicated tangible support to the Ukrainian research and innovation community.
- MSCA4Ukraine (€25 million)offered fellowships to displaced researchers of Ukraine in EU and Associated Countries.
- EIC4Ukraine (€20 million) offers financial support and advice to deep tech start-ups
- ERC4Ukraine over 500 vacancies linked to ERC grants available
- Research Infrastructure (RI) service providers in health, green, digital and frontier knowledge are encouraged to offer fast track access to Ukrainian researchers
- EU Mission for Climate Neutral and Smart Cities: €5 million action will support peer-to-peer cooperation with the Ukrainian cities to help them integrate climate neutrality in local recovery plans
- Health scientists of Ukraine can apply for support under the Human Frontier Science Program
- Call on Political perspectives for the Eastern Neighbourhood and Western Balkans requires participation of at least one entity from Ukraine, Georgia or Moldova
- Excellence Hubs Initiative: Ukrainian entities encouraged to apply for ‘mentoring scheme’ on innovation
Calls to support cooperation frameworks
Strategic Partnership on Raw Materials
- Earth Observation platform, products and services for raw materials
- Technologies for extraction and processing of critical raw materials (IA)
Administrative cooperation arrangement on Copernic data access and Earth Observation data exchange
Other available support
Under the Hop On Facility, Ukrainian entities can join ongoing Horizon projects that have no partner from the Widening countries.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) collaborates with Ukraine on nuclear safety and security,including on nuclear emergency preparedness and monitoring of radiological data through the European radiological data exchange platform.It also runs a 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 EaP partner countries
The European Commission is implementing a project within the Global Support Service Facility to facilitate a stronger participation of the 5 EaP countries making resources available to help increase participation in Horizon Europe.
Ukraine is a key partner country within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Bilateral cooperation with Ukraine contributes to the objectives of the Eastern Partnership.
The Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, establishes a legal basis for the science and technology cooperation between EU research organisations and Ukrainian institutes as well as state bodies. Signed on 4 July 2002n the Agreement is regularly renewed. The latest renewal was finalised in 2022 making the Agreement effective as of 8 November 2019 for a period of five years. Through the establishment of a Joint Committee, the agreement also provides a framework for dialogue to discuss the development of research and innovation policies, share best practices and increase collaboration.
Since 2016, Ukraine was fully associated to the EU’s Horizon 2020 and EURATOM Research and Training (2014- 2020) programmes. Under Horizon 2020, Ukraine participated in 230 projects, involving 323 participants, for a total funding request of €45.5m. Ukraine has been particularly strong in researchers’ mobility (MSCA), energy, climate and transport.
In EURATOM Research and Training (2014-2020), Ukrainian entities received approximately €4.9m for both fusion and fission activities. In 2016, Ukraine also benefited from the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility’s recommendations on research and innovation in Ukraine, which triggered a series of structural reforms for the modernisation of the national research system.
Projects and results
Project Examples from Horizon Europe
BIOMETHAVERSE: two Ukrainian entities, EKO ENERGY and the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, participate in this strategic €12 million project to support the uptake of bio-methane green hydrogen technology in Europe in line with the priorities of the SET Plan.
TWISMA will boost scientific excellence and innovation capacity of Ukraine’s Institute for Scintillation Materials (ISMA) and its Twinning partners in developing innovative calorimeters for high energy physics based on advanced scintillation materials.
Project success stories
- DIABOLO harmonised information for forest ecosystems management
- SENSKIN new maintenance techniques in transport infrastructure
- RESPONSE eco-solutions to power the cities of the future
- EURAD handling radioactive waste management
Research project database (CORDIS)
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects. Here you can find International cooperation projects related to Ukraine.
National Contact Points
The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon Europe.
DG Research and Innovation, Unit 04 Horizon Europe Association
Telephone: +32 229 81658 | email: Natalija.DOLYA@ec.europa.eu
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