EU: Commission steps up support to displaced researchers from Ukraine

The Commission has officially announced the launch of the MSCA4Ukraine scheme, part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. It will support displaced researchers from Ukraine for them to continue their work in academic or non-academic organisations in Europe. The scheme will also allow them to re-establish themselves in Ukraine to rebuild the country’s research and innovation capacity.

With a total budget of €25 million, MSCA4Ukraine will provide fellowships for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers to continue their work at academic and non-academic organisations in Member States and countries associated to Horizon Europe. It will be implemented by an experienced consortium supporting researchers at risk.

The new scheme, included in the amendment to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, will foster scientific excellence, skills and career development, equal opportunities and inclusiveness, and attractive working conditions. Training activities will be part of the support provided to the researchers, focused both on developing research-related and key transferable skills and competences. As in the other MSCA actions, the scheme will provide family allowances for researchers’ families.

The MSCA4Ukraine scheme is part of the EU’s response to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the need for rapid action to support displaced researchers from Ukraine and enable them to continue their work in Europe, helping to safeguard Ukraine’s research and innovation system, and the freedom of scientific research at large.

More information on the implementation modalities for institutions wishing to host researchers under the scheme will be available after the summer 2022.

See other relevant initiatives:

  • ERA4Ukraine: This specific EURAXESS initiative wants to support researchers of Ukraine by providing them with an overview of all existing actions at European and national levels. You can find an overview of the most useful information per country and EU Support
  • Opportunities in Horizon-funded research & innovation projects for displaced researchers or other specialists from Ukraine who can search here for opportunities to become involved in ongoing EU-funded research & innovation projects
  • ERC: Jobs for researchers fleeing the war

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