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The Swedish Research Council gives 5 million SEK to support Scholars at Risk

The Swedish Research Council has decided to support researchers fleeing the war in Ukraine by contributing financially to the Swedish section of Scholars at Risk. SAR-Sweden is working to secure funding so that researchers needing protection can be offered temporary positions in Sweden.

The 5 million SEK in support to the Swedish section of Scholars at Risk (SAR-Sweden) is part of the Swedish Research Council’s work to promote and take initiatives for international research collaboration and exchange of experiences. Use of the funding is not limited in terms of subject areas or aimed at specific geographic areas.

The initiative enables SAR-Sweden to start new initiatives aimed at researchers at risk who for example find themselves in acute situations of war or crisis. The fact that the funding now provided by the Swedish Research Council does not have geographic limits also means that the funding can be used for researchers in other countries, such as researchers in Russia or Belarus who are critical of their regimes, as well as other researchers in need of protection.

Swedish higher education institutions that are members of SAR can apply for co-funding of up to 50 per cent of the cost of receiving researchers at risk.

The University of Gothenburg is coordinating SAR-Sweden, which now has 28 higher education institutions and organisations as members. SAR-Sweden’s operation on supporting Swedish HEIs receiving researchers at risk is already funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Formas.

Read more about SAR-Sweden on SAR's website External link.

More about Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of higher education institutions working to promote academic freedom around the world, for example by giving protection to researchers who cannot work in their home countries. The network was formed in 2000, and offers protection and support for more than 300 researchers around the world every year. The network consists of more than 500 higher education institutions, and is active in more than 40 countries.

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