The European Commission has launched a new online portal to provide information and support services to researchers based in, and fleeing, Ukraine. Dubbed European Research Area for Ukraine (ERA4Ukraine), the portal is designed to act as a one-stop-shop, bringing together initiatives at the EU level, per country and from non-governmental groups.
ERA4Ukraine is based on the existing EURAXESS network, which supports researchers by connecting more than 600 centres and 43 national portals across the EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon Europe. All information will soon be available in both English and Ukrainian. Each EU Member State and associated country has a national portal on which support services are listed in a structured way.
We stand with the researchers and innovators of Ukraine who are faced with unprecedented circumstances as a result of the Russian invasion against their country,’ said European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel. ‘Ukrainian scientists and researchers have been key contributors to EU research and innovation. Pending the ratification of Ukraine's association to Horizon Europe, we have made sure successful beneficiaries can already receive funding from the EU R&I programmes. Today's launch of ERA4Ukraine is another important action to support our Ukrainian peers.’
Other EU initiatives include access to Science4Refugees, an existing EURAXESS initiative that provides internships, part-time and full-time jobs to refugees, as well as access to a European Research Community, EU solidarity with Ukraine and MSCA – Researchers at risk.
The ERA4Ukraine portal also links to #Science4Ukraine, a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world. The volunteers collect and disseminate information about support opportunities at the university, national, and international levels for graduate students and researchers directly affiliated to a Ukraine academic institution.