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Science4Refugees - Support to highly skilled refugee scientists - SwafS-26-2017
Deadline: Aug 30, 2017  

 Gender Equality
 Aid to Refugees
 Horizon Europe
 Migrants and Refugees

Specific Challenge:

The Science4Refugees initiative is directed towards refugees researchers/scientists who have applied for and been granted asylum in a host country, which will enable them to continue their educational path or enter the labour market. Under the header "Science4Refugees" a number of initiatives will be brought together on the EURAXESS portal.

Information available on education level of recently arrived asylum seekers and refugees points to a rather wide distribution across education level. In Germany, the share of those who attended university was on average around 20% according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees but it varies widely across countries of origin and the same is true in Sweden. In any case, there is evidence that at least part of the recently arrived refugees does have a tertiary education degree and intend to pursue their studies or research in the host country. To integrate them into Europe's research system, specific measures are requested in terms of bringing up the employability and the skills of refugees.

The objective of the call is to scale up these initiatives and bring them to a European level.


This action will support activities at the institutional, regional or national level to scale up their activities for refugees from a regional to a European level. These initiatives will give refugees researchers/scientists the opportunity to develop their knowledge and careers by improving their skills and experience.

The initiatives will have the potential to be scaled up to a European level during the implementation phase, with a take-up on the EURAXESS portal, eg. databases for language courses or webinars on entrepreneurship and other training needs.

Entities under this call should be those that have established initiatives (minimum 2 years) to support refugees researchers/scientists to update their skills and employability at the European labour market. Entities dealing with the first basic needs of refugees or educational needs for children, such as accommodation or clothing, are not considered eligible under this call.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 100 000 would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nevertheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

provide financial and employability support to initiatives that support the integration of refugees into their new employment settings and culture, and to prepare refugees for the highly competitive and highly skilled job market. The visibility of these financially supported initiatives will be increased by making use of the EURAXESS Portal, giving them high EU visibility, dissemination & EU coordination support. In the medium term, the action aims at supporting research jobs and growth; it will increase the number of highly skilled workers who are sufficiently prepared to access the European labour market by using their newly gained skills and experience through the supported actions.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities


List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong&Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan). 


Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.



3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process


Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.


Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic: 

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary 
Annotated Grant Agreement


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