U.S. Department of Energy Supports Students and Scholars Impacted by War in Ukraine

Last week, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science sent a dear colleague letter to principal investigators and researchers. Acting Director J. Stephen Binkley stated, “While the people of Ukraine have many needs, the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Science (SC) can provide a safe and supportive environment for students, post-doctoral researchers, and scientists to continue their research in mission-relevant disciplines. In this time of crisis, we remind our currently supported researchers that supplemental funds may be requested to accelerate scientific discovery by hosting or collaborating with students and scientists who have been impacted by the conflict, pursuant to the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) identified below. DOE will work with other U.S. Government agencies to coordinate logistical details, such as visas, as needed.”

Other governmental organizations have also expressed support for Ukrainian researchers. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine launched the Safe Passage Fund to support the Polish Academy of Sciences as it helps fleeing Ukrainian scholars and their families relocate in Poland and neighboring countries. And the Canadian government launched the Special Response Fund for Trainees, which provides support to research trainees from Ukraine in the form of supplements to existing grants.