03.03.2022 | Research stays
As the war continues, the work of Ukrainian researchers is becoming increasingly difficult. Therefore, as a sign of solidarity and cooperation, the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) has taken an emergency measure to enable scientists from Ukraine to continue their research work in Austria.
Help for researchers from Ukraine
With a Ukraine emergency call as part of the OeAW mobility program "Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities" (JESH), Austria's largest institution for non-university basic research is financing and organizing at least 25 additional research stays at Austrian research institutions. Submitted projects will be selected using an accelerated peer review process. Initially, around €270,000 are being made available by the OeAW for these measures. Applications for admission to the program can be submitted now.
"Our colleagues from Ukraine urgently need help. With the emergency call, the OeAW is giving Ukrainian scientists the opportunity to continue their research work, which is threatened by the war, in Austria – quickly and unbureaucratically," Anton Zeilinger explains. "At the same time, we want to create prospects for the time after the war. We want to strengthen the connection in terms of 'brain circulation' between Ukraine and Austria, so that we can continue to conduct research together with our partners in Ukraine in a peaceful future," the OeAW President said.
Fast and unbureaucratic
To enable Ukrainian scientists to continue their work in Austria quickly and unbureaucratically, some of the framework conditions of the mobility program JESH will be adapted to the current situation. The OeAW's initiative is aimed explicitly at Ukrainian academics from all disciplines who have already left Ukraine or are going to leave.
If successfully accepted into the mobility program, they will be able to carry out their scientific work for, initially, up to four months at a basic research institution in Austria, be it at the OeAW, at a public university or at another publicly funded research institution. There, the hosts will also support the implementation of the approved projects as mentors. A specially set up expert jury, consisting of members of the OeAW, will ensure that international standards are met.
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