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Please read Statement by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

 

Policy background

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, signed in 2002, establishes a legal basis for the science and technology cooperation between EU research organisations and Ukrainian institutes as well as state bodies. The Agreement, signed on 4 July 2002, is regularly renewed. The latest renewal has been 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 offers a framework for dialogue to discuss the development of research and innovation policies, sharing best practices and increasing collaboration.

Since 2016, Ukraine was fully associated to the EU’s Horizon 2020 and EURATOM Research & 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.

The prominent examples of success stories include: DIABOLO, developing harmonised information for forest ecosystems management, SENSKIN  offering new maintenance techniques in transport infrastructure, RESPONSE focusing on eco-solutions to power the cities of the future, and EURAD handling radioactive waste management.

In EURATOM R&T (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.

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 following its ratification by Ukraine. The Ukrainian research and innovation actors can now fully participate in these programmes on equal terms with entities from the EU Members States. The Agreement applies with a retroactive effect from 1 January 2021.

In these critical times, association demonstrates the strength of EU-Ukraine cooperation in the field of research and innovation and highlights the EU’s commitment to nurturing Ukraine’s ecosystem.

In view of the ongoing Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and the EU’s resolve to offer tangible means of support to the Ukrainian research and innovation community, Ukraine will participate in the Horizon Europe and Euratom Programmes without having to contribute financially for the years 2021 and 2022. Its waived contribution was estimated at around €20 million.

This support is complementary to ongoing ERA4Ukraine, Horizon4Ukraine and ERC4Ukraine initiatives as well as MSCA4Ukraine, the dedicated fellowship scheme of €25 million under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) for displaced researchers of Ukraine. Among other support measures, the Ukrainian start-ups and deep tech SMEs will benefit from a targeted €20 million action led by the European Innovation Council (EIC).

Horizon 2020 key figures

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion available over 7 years (2021 to 2027).

Horizon Europe website

Projects and results

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.

EU funded projects

Project success stories

Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects involving Ukraine.

Examples of international cooperation projects

  • PELICO (2016-2019) has been developing peptidomimetics that can switch between two forms: either biologically inactive or biologically active when exposed to light of specific wavelengths. PELICO researchers believe this new approach represents a real breakthrough in the design, synthesis and application of peptide analogues. Initial testing was carried out with a special emphasis on antimicrobial and cancer treatments.
  • ENGIMA (2017-2021), a Consortium which includes a SME from Ukraine, defined a research objective of exploring the nanostructures in a form of tethered magnetic 1-D/piezoelectric nanostructures and magnetic/piezoelectric superlattices to obtain new ferroic materials with giant magnetoelectric and multicaloric functionalities. These have potential applications as magnetoelectric sensors and telecommunication devices.
  • SeaDataCloud (2106-2020) brings together 111 data centres, including the Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea, to develop a standardised infrastructure for managing, collecting and organising marine data in a pan-European infrastructure.

Contact

National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon Europe.

European Commission

Natalija Dolya
Policy Officer
DG Research and Innovation, Unit 04 Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +32 229 81658 | email: Natalija.DOLYA@ec.europa.eu

Documents

Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation between the EC and Ukraine
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he event was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine in collaboration with the EC’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation