The European Research Council (ERC) has appealed to its grantees to provide temporary employment to refugee researchers and support staff, such as technician and lab managers, from Ukraine.
The ERC has contacted all its 5,600 current grantees and is collecting information on possible job opportunities. This data will be compiled and progressively published on the ERC website and other channels.
Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “This initiative is a demonstration of EU’s strong commitment and the openness of our R&I programmes to the participation of third countries. Involving ERC grantees in such an action towards Ukrainian peers adds to our willingness to support the EU-Ukraine alliance through research collaborations.”
ERC President Professor Maria Leptin issued an appeal: “We call on ERC grantees and on universities and research centres hosting them: open your labs and open your teams to researchers who had to flee the war in Ukraine. You may be planning to hire team members for your ERC-funded project and I would ask you to consider refugee researchers and other staff members from Ukraine whose expertise matches your needs. This is only one way of giving a helping hand – it’s crucial that the scientific community stands together.”
The ERC, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It funds creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based across Europe.
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