EU launches new Horizon Europe Office in Kyiv and two more initiatives for Ukrainian researchers and innovators

On 20 December, the European Commission launched three new initiatives boosting the EU’s research and innovation cooperation with Ukraine: a new Horizon Europe Office in Kyiv, a new European Innovation Council (EIC) action to support the Ukrainian deep tech community, and a new European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Community Hub. (Adapted from:

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Iliana Ivanova, launched the initiatives in a remote event, together with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology Mykhailo Fedorov, and Minister of Education and Science Oksen Lisovyj.

Speech of the Commissioner Iliana Ivanova

The Horizon Europe Office in Ukraine will raise awareness of opportunities for Ukraine’s participation in collaborative research and innovation (R&I) projects under Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme. The National Research Foundation of Ukraine is hosting the Horizon Europe Office.

The European Innovation Council (EIC4Ukraine) will support the Ukrainian deep tech community with €20 million for Ukrainian start-ups, to help them grow and integrate within the European innovation ecosystem. The initiative, implemented by a European network of start-up associations, will support at least 200 Ukrainian deep tech start-ups with up to €60,000 each to further develop their innovation and business activities.

The EIT Community Hub in Kyiv will serve as a one-stop-shop for information on opportunities provided by the entire EIT Community across the European Union and beyond. It will give Ukrainian innovators remaining in their home country access to partners, markets, testbeds, training and investment. The Hub is being hosted by the Ukrainian Startup Fund.

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