On 22 March, the European Commission launched the ‘European Research Area for Ukraine’ (ERA4Ukraine) portal, a one-stop-shop for information and support services to Ukraine-based researchers and researchers fleeing Ukraine.
The portal brings together initiatives at the EU level, per country and from non-governmental groups. It aims to help affected researchers find housing and job opportunities, facilitate the recognition of their diplomas, and offer other services.
The ERA4Ukraine portal is launched 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 with Horizon Europe. All information will soon be available in both English and Ukrainian. So far, 30 country portals are available.
“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,” said Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
Last week, the European Research Council (ERC) appealed to its 5,600 ERC grantees to provide temporary employment to refugee researchers and support staff from Ukraine. Within just a couple of days, 380 offers have been received.
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 group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world that help Ukrainian academics and students to continue their work and career despite the war.
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