|Brussels | 8 April 2022
With the adoption of the fifth package of sanctions against Russia on the 08/04/2022, the participation of all Russian public bodies or public related entities in ongoing Horizon 2020 projects will be terminated. Furthermore, no new contracts will be signed with these entities under Horizon Europe.
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Statement by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
Brussels | 3 March 2022
Following the Russian invasion against Ukraine and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the Commission has decided to suspend the cooperation with Russian entities in research, science and innovation. The European Commission will not conclude any new contracts nor any new agreements with Russian organisations under the Horizon Europe programme. Furthermore, the Commission is suspending payments to Russian entities under existing contracts. All ongoing projects, in which Russian research organisations are participating, are being reviewed – both under Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020.
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The EU and Russia have a strong history of science and technology cooperation, based on common interests and mutual benefit.
EU-Russia cooperation is coordinated by the Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee, supported by a joint operational S&T Task Force. Priority areas of research have included research infrastructures, civil aeronautics, health, environment, and climate-related science.
EU-Russia science and technology cooperation also takes place in international and multilateral fora and in large-scale research facilities, such as
- EU X-ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL)
- Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR)
- European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
- International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)
- European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Russia and the EU collaborate within the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on global research infrastructures. It is made up of representatives of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Commission, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, UK and the USA.
EU researcher and academic mobility programmes are very popular. They are an important part of Russia's participation in the European Research Area and the European Higher Education Area.
Horizon Europe, the EU framework programme for research and innovation offers numerous opportunities for the participation of entities from across the world, and some topics may be marked as being specifically relevant for cooperation with partners from outside Europe.
Russian scientists, universities, research organisations and enterprises are able to team up with their European partners to participate in projects under Horizon Europe and make the best use of Europe's excellent opportunities in research and innovation.
Russian researchers and organisations are encouraged to participate in actions of Horizon Europe as consortium members and to take part in the proposal submissions to the European Commission, while European researchers wishing to go and work in Russia can also be supported through various EU and Russian funding instruments.
Compendium of Science and Technology Cooperation between the European Union, EU Member States and the Russian Federation
International cooperation in Horizon Europe
Agreements and arrangements
- EU-Russia science and technology cooperation agreement
- Agreement for cooperation between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of controlled nuclear fusion
- Agreement for cooperation between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear safety
Projects and results
Research project database (CORDIS)
EU-funded research projects with Russian participants/partners
For previous EU framework programmes, please contact the enquiries service.
Examples of research projects with Russia
- ERA.NET RUS PLUS (2013-2018) worked to enhance the coordination of research programmes between the EU countries/associated countries and Russia. It implemented joint calls for excellent transnational research projects in nanotechnologies/materials/production technologies, health, environment/climate change, social sciences/humanities and innovation.
- EURUCAS (2012-2015) stands for European-Russian Centre for cooperation in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic environmental and climate research. The project supported the internationalisation of the joint Norwegian-Russian Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre in St. Petersburg with additional partners from Germany, Sweden, France, Austria, Finland and the UK.
- CARE (2019-2021) stands for Common Action against HIV/TB/HCV across the Regions of Europe. The project brought together distinguished scientists and highly representative networks in the European region, including Russia, in the fight against HIV/TB/HCV.
- CREMLINplus (2020-2024) stands for Connecting Russian and European Measures for Large-scale Research Infrastructures – plus. The EU-funded CREMLINplus project aims to implement the European-Russian collaboration roadmaps in the area of research infrastructures (large-scale research facilities). It will ensure the improvement and harmonisation of framework conditions along two paths. The first involves technical preparations in order to develop and produce cutting-edge novelty technologies for Russian megascience projects and their European research infrastructure partners. The second is the preparation of Russian research infrastructure facilities at 11 laboratories for international access and use.
More stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects, including with Russia.
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