News12 October 2021Brussels, BelgiumResearch and Innovation
Ukraine joins Horizon Europe and Euratom Research and Training Programme
Today, at the EU-Ukraine Summit, the leaders of the European Union and its Member States, finalised the association of Ukraine to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027), and the Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025). Ukrainian researchers and innovators can now participate under the same conditions as entities from EU Member States. This cooperation in science, research and innovation further strengthens the alliance between the EU and Ukraine to deliver on common priorities, such as the twin green and digital transition.
The association supports the ’Global Approach to Research and Innovation’ and reconfirms Europe's commitment to a level of global openness needed to drive excellence, pool resources for faster scientific progress and develop vibrant innovation ecosystems.
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel said:
I welcome Ukraine to Horizon Europe and Euratom. Openness and cooperation with the rest of the world are key in our strategy to create critical mass for research and innovation and to accelerate and find solutions to pressing global challenges. Under Horizon 2020, Ukrainian participants received more than €45 million in EU support and showed innovation leadership and excellence across fields such as researchers’ mobility, transport and energy. I am confident Ukraine will build on these past successes
Multiple success stories resulted from past cooperation, covering a variety of scientific areas such as: DIABOLO, developing harmonised information for forest ecosystems management, SENSKIN offering new maintenance techniques in transport infrastructure, RESPONSE to find eco-solutions to power the cities of the future, or EURAD, to handle radioactive waste management.
Relations between the EU and Ukraine in the field of research and innovation date back to 2002 when a first Agreement on cooperation in Science and Technology between the European Community and Ukraine was signed. It is currently being renewed for a third time.
Ukraine became fully associated to the EU’s previous research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, in 2015.
In 2016, Ukraine and the EU also concluded an agreement on the association of the country to the Euratom Research and Training Programme. The Euratom Research and Training Programme aims at improving the levels of nuclear safety and radiation protection.