European Fund for Displaced Scientists

An ALLEA-Breakthrough Prize Foundation Partnership to Support Scholars Impacted by the War in Ukraine


In 2022, ALLEA partnered with the Breakthrough Prize Foundation to support scholars and scientific institutions impacted by the war in Ukraine. The programme, endowed with $1.5 million, provides funding to academic institutions in Europe to host displaced scholars. The initiative also benefits affected Ukrainian universities, academies, and research institutes in maintaining their operations and rebuilding their scientific facilities and research collaborations.

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The EFDS programme has two separate funding lines:

Funding Line 1 provides funds to academic institutions within the Council of Europe region that are willing and able to host scholars who have been displaced by the war in Ukraine. The aim is to provide immediate assistance to scholars in the continuation of their research in a safe environment.

The period for applications for Funding Line 1 was closed on 1 July 2022. Information about this funding line can be found here.

Funding Line 2 provides funds to affected Ukrainian universities, academies, and research institutes to help them maintain and/or reinstate their scientific operations and research collaborations. It also aims to support the reintegration process of researchers upon their return to Ukraine.

The application process for Funding Line 2 was closed on 15 August 2022. Information about this funding line can be found here.


Please be sure to go over the frequently asked questions in our dedicated webpages for both Funding Lines. If your question is not addressed there, please email us at

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The Breakthrough Prize Foundation

The $1.5 million donation to support this programme is a new initiative in the ongoing partnership between the Breakthrough Prize and ALLEA, which pursues their shared goal of promoting science. Each year, ALLEA helps to facilitate nominations for the annual Breakthrough Prize among its members.

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to recognizing the world’s great scientists, advancing cutting-edge scientific research, and helping to create a knowledge culture in which everybody, especially the next generation, can be inspired by the big questions of science.

The Breakthrough Prize recognises the world’s top scientists in the fields of Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics. Each prize is worth $3 million. The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global video competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science.

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Support to Ukraine Scientific Community

The European scientific community, including European academies, universities, funding agencies, and individuals, have mobilised their resources to support Ukrainian scholars who have been forced to flee their country due to the Russian invasion. The platform #ScienceForUkraine is centralising information on grants, fellowships, remote working, training, and many other initiatives to support Ukrainian researchers and students. You can also read about more support schemes by European academies and ALLEA partners on the ALLEA portal Support for Ukraine.

In addition, ALLEA has released two communications in response to the war. On 25 February, the ALLEA Presidency published a statement condemning the Russian invasion and expressing its support for Ukraine, its citizens, and academic institutions. On 4 March, the ALLEA Board released a second statement announcing the suspension of membership of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

ALLEA Contact

Nataliia Yeremenko
EFDS Programme Coordinator
+49 030 206 066-513