The European Commission has set up an Internet platform that brings together informational and support services for researchers fleeing the war or staying under siege in Ukraine.
The portal offers assistance in finding house, employment and recognition of educational qualifications. The portal summarizes information from 30 European countries, non-governmental groups and initiatives within the EU.
The ERA4Ukraine platform is based on the existing EURAXESS network, which brings together information for researchers from more than 600 centers and 43 national portals in the EU and Horizon Europe.
In particular, the European Research Council appealed to its 5,600 current grant holders to provide employment opportunities for refugee researchers and support staff from Ukraine. Since then, 380 proposals have been received and will be posted on the ERA4Ukraine platform.
A separate service, which contains a list of internship and employment opportunities for Ukrainian refugee researchers in Europe, has been created by the EURAXESS network.
With the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission stopped cooperating with Russian organizations under the Horizon Europe program and allocated additional funds to Ukrainian researchers who received funding from the program. “Awaiting ratification of Ukraine’s association with Horizon Europe, we have made sure that successful beneficiaries can already receive funding from EU R&I programs,” said EU Research Commissioner Maria Gabriel.