The Commission made that announcement last week. The sum of 25 million euros forms part of an innovation programme that already costs around eight billion euros per year and will receive further investment of 562 million euros over the next two years.
‘Helping refugees, and in this case researchers, is extremely important,’ says Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. ‘With this new scheme, they will have the possibility to continue their research, for science to triumph over war.’
The grant allows the researchers to continue their work at academic and non-academic organisations in European countries or in countries affiliated to the Horizon Europe programme. The intention is that as soon as it becomes possible, they can build up Ukraine’s research and innovation capacity once again.
Legal entities in Russia, Belarus and occupied parts of Ukraine are specifically ineligible for the budget of Horizon Europe, other than in exceptional cases.