Read-time: 2 minutes
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a package to support Ukraine’s science, tech and research sectors during their war.
The support package includes an additional £9.8m for the Researchers at Risk scheme. Which, launched in March to help more than 130 Ukrainian scientists, researchers and tech entrepreneurs to resume work in UK institutions.
In addition, it follows the initial £3m funding for the project. The Researchers at Risk scheme fellowship provides Ukrainian academics with a salary, research and living costs for two years.
Mr Johnson’s statements:
Johnson said the following:
“Science and technology will be decisive in ensuring Putin fails in Ukraine, and it will be crucial as we rebuild the Ukrainian economy. The UK will be with our Ukrainian friends every step of the way,”
“And to the Russian scientists and researchers who are looking upon Putin’s violence in dismay, and who no longer feel safe in Russia: you should feel free to apply to come to the UK and work in a country that values openness, freedom and the pursuit of knowledge,”
Technology has already played its part in supporting Ukraine, such as donations through crypto. Additionally, big tech companies are suspending their services in Russia.
The prime minister also announced the UK will supply funding to the Universities UK International and the Cormack Consultancy Group twinning programme between UK and Ukraine academic institutions.
Currently, 79 UK universities have signed up for the programme.
The Department for International Trade is increasing efforts in Ukraine. This is part of its Global Entrepreneur Programme based in Poland. It provides temporary relocation, mentorship and UK industry connections.
The UK Research and Innovation will also prioritise Ukrainian researchers, technologists and others for global talent visa endorsement applications.
Ukrainian representative statements:
Serhii Shkarlet, Ukrainian minister for science and education said:
“Thanks to the support of the United Kingdom, Ukrainian scientists who were forced to flee abroad due to Russian aggression will be able to continue their research and share their experience with foreign colleagues,”
“Equally important is the support of Ukrainian universities, which thanks to the new UK twinning programme will be able to cooperate with leading universities in the UK.”
Who We Are:
Swanson Reed is one of the UK’s leading R&D Tax Relief consultancies. We manage all facets of the SR&ED tax credit program, from claim preparation and audit compliance to claim disputes.
If you would like to find out more about how your business could benefit from R&D Tax Credit, contact a Swanson Reed R&D Tax Advisor today.