Québec, November 14th, 2022 – As part of the initiative aimed at providing assistance to research communities in Ukraine and Russia announced on March 14th, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) are releasing the details of a third component: the support program for researchers displaced by the conflict.
In close cooperation with Québec’s institutes of higher education and with full respect for the prerogatives of provincial and federal ministerial bodies, the FRQ wish to offer research stays in Québec to Ukrainian and Russian researchers. The FRQ have pledged emergency funding for the research communities, which have been forced to pursue their work outside their home countries because of the current conflict. Experts in the province’s institutions will therefore have the opportunity to host visiting scientists from Ukraine and Russia.
Launched earlier this year, the first two phases (phase 1 and phase 2) are specifically aimed at students and emerging Ukrainian and Russian researchers displaced by the war. The initiative provides extensions and new support for individuals whose funding was coming to an end or who are undertaking a graduate or postdoctoral project in Québec.
The FRQ intends to ensure the program’s sustainability and expand them to researchers affected by other eventual crises, which, unfortunately, are very likely to arise and cause the displacement of scientists seeking to settle temporarily in Québec to pursue their research activities.
“After securing funding for emerging researchers, it was essential for the FRQ to provide career support to established researchers whose work has been impacted by the conflict in Ukraine. The initiative will foster the creation of scientific links and also help displaced researchers recover from the emergency situation that has been affecting them for nearly nine months.”
– Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec
More information is available on the program’s webpage.
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