Policy background

Ukraine is a key partner country within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Bilateral cooperation with Ukraine contributes to the objectives of the Eastern Partnership.

The Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, signed in 2002, establishes a legal basis for the science and technology cooperation between EU research organisations and Ukrainian institutes as well as state bodies. It has been renewed twice, in 2004 and 2011. A third renewal is currently under preparation. Through the establishment of a Joint Committee, the agreement also offers a framework for dialogue to discuss the development of research and innovation policies, sharing best practices and increasing collaboration.

Under FP7, the Ukraine was classed as an International Cooperation Partner Country (ICPC). Since 2015, Ukraine is associated to Horizon 2020, which gives the country the opportunity to fully participate in the programme. In 2016, Ukraine also benefited from the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility’s recommendations on research and innovation in Ukraine, which triggered a series of structural reforms for the modernisation of the national research system.

Horizon 2020 key figures

Funding opportunities

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects. Here you can find International cooperation projects related to Ukraine.

EU funded projects

Examples of international cooperation projects

  • PELICO (2016-2019) has been developing peptidomimetics that can switch between two forms: either biologically inactive or biologically active when exposed to light of specific wavelengths. PELICO researchers believe this new approach represents a real breakthrough in the design, synthesis and application of peptide analogues. Initial testing was carried out with a special emphasis on antimicrobial and cancer treatments.
  • ENGIMA (2017-2021), a Consortium which includes a SME from Ukraine, defined a research objective of exploring the nanostructures in a form of tethered magnetic 1-D/piezoelectric nanostructures and magnetic/piezoelectric superlattices to obtain new ferroic materials with giant magnetoelectric and multicaloric functionalities. These have potential applications as magnetoelectric sensors and telecommunication devices.
  • SeaDataCloud (2106-2020) brings together 111 data centres, including the Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea, to develop a standardised infrastructure for managing, collecting and organising marine data in a pan-European infrastructure.

Success stories relating to Ukraine


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020.

European Commission

Maud Fichet
Policy Officer
DG Research and Innovation, Unit R&I 05 Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +32 229 64779 | email: maud.fichet@ec.europa.eu



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