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The Research Council of Lithuania to provide support for the Lithuanian research and higher education institutions recruiting Ukrainian researchers

2022-04-05 News

The Research Council of Lithuania has initiated a special support measure, with a budget of €1.5 million, for recruitment of the Ukrainian researchers and PhD students. This support measure is a response of the Lithuanian academic community to create conditions for up to 100 researchers, who have left Ukraine due to the ongoing war, to continue their research activities in Lithuania.

Ms. Jurgita Šiugždinienė, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania strongly supports the Council’s initiative:  "Lithuania is committed to respond, as quickly as possible, to the needs of the Ukrainians fleeing Russian military action in their country, and provide them with all possible assistance for successful integration into our society. We should not forget Ukrainian researchers, and this is why we strongly support the Council’s initiative, to provide them with the opportunity of employment in the Lithuanian research and higher education institutions. This is a very important support measure, which will allow the researchers to smoothly continue their activities in Lithuania".

The Chairman of the Research Council of Lithuania, Romas Baronas, echoed the Minister: “We express our support to the Ukrainian researchers and respond to the national academic community’s expectations for the State funded measure to sustain the Ukrainians researchers’ scientific activities in Lithuania. The proposal, which has been endorsed at the highest political level, not only provides an assurance for the Lithuanian research and higher education institutions, but it provides a motivation for the entire scientific community".

The funds are allocated for the Lithuanian research and higher education institutions to establish researcher positions for recruitment of the Ukrainian researchers. The funds cover salary costs and reimburse associated taxes. Institutions that have employed the Ukrainian researchers in Lithuania since the beginning of the war will also be eligible for the grant.