Eighteen Ukrainian Research Projects Selected for Long-Term Funding by the Polish Academy of Sciences and U.S. National Academy of Sciences

The Polish Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have selected 18 Ukrainian research teams across various scientific disciplines to receive financial support of up to approximately $200,000 USD per year for up to three years – a total of around $8 million USD (33 million PLN).The goal of the funding is toprovide outstanding Ukrainian scientists with stable conditions for conducting research that, in the future, will lead to rebuilding science in Ukraine. Financial support for the grants is also being provided by the Royal Society of the U.K., Elsevier, the National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

Selected from among 174 applications, the 18 grant recipients are working in the following scientific disciplines: astronomy, environmental sciences, mathematics, psychology, materials sciences and engineering, agriculture, biomedical sciences, physics, and chemistry. Eight of the 18 research teams are led by women.

Independence, stability, and double affiliation

The Ukrainian research teams will conduct their work in scientific units of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The principal investigator will remain in Poland for the duration of the project, while the other members may conduct research both in Poland and in Ukraine. Participation in the implementation of research projects under the affiliation of scientific units of the Polish Academy of Sciences assumes that scholars from Ukraine will keep their affiliation with Ukrainian institutions.

“As the war in Ukraine wages on, disrupting science and diverting resources from research programs, supporting Ukrainian scientists and keeping them connected to the global scientific community is more crucial than ever,” said U.S. National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt. “We are pleased to be able to help support these outstanding researchers so that they can continue to make important contributions to science and to the future of Ukraine.”

Laureate presenting her team and the winning research project
Laureate presenting her team and the winning research project
Winners and sponsors of the program
Winners and sponsors of the program

“The program offers tools and resources enabling outstanding Ukrainian research groups to carry out scientific projects. Planning this program, we aimed to consider, among other things, the dual affiliation of all team members and the possibility of conducting research in Ukraine. I am convinced that the work of these outstanding scientists will contribute to the development and reconstruction of science in Ukraine”, said prof. Marek Konarzewski, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The long-term grant program is the latest in a series of efforts to support scientists from Ukraine implemented by the Polish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the NAS and external partners. The program builds on an earlier initiative begun just after the start of the war focused on providing individual support to researchers who left Ukraine. In 2022, a total of 218 Ukrainian researchers (82% of whom are women) benefitted from this support.

M. Brzezinski US ambassador to Warsaw during a speech
M. Brzezinski US ambassador to Warsaw during a speech
Prof. A. Zagorodny, Prof. M. McNutt, Prof. M. Konarzewski
Prof. A. Zagorodny, Prof. M. McNutt, Prof. M. Konarzewski

Projects selected for funding (in alphabetical order)

NrPrincipal InvestigatorHost PAS unitTitle of the research project
1Bertsyk PeterNicolaus Copernicus Astronomical CentreFormation and evolution of the Nuclear Star Cluster in the Milky Way and other spiral galaxies on the cosmological time scale
2Bondar KseniiaInstitute of GeophysicsQuantifying magnetic properties of soils to evaluate sustainable hazards from heavy metal pollution due to military activities in Ukraine
3Borodina OlenaInstitute of Rural and Agricultural DevelopmentSubstantiation and measures for implementation of a human rights-based integrated approach to rural development, food security and land policy in post-war rebuilding of Ukraine
4Cherkas VolodymyrInstitute of Bioorganic ChemistryNanoscale Hippocalcin Signaling in Long-Term Depression in Norm and Primary Dystonia
5Dovbeshko GalynaInstitute of Low Temperature and Structure ResearchWar-derived air pollution nanohybrids composed of carbon containing smoke nanoparticles and metal compounds: FIR/Raman spectroscopic, fluorescent and membrane-active properties, their potential neurotoxicity and its prevention
6Dudko ArtemInstitute of MathematicsErgodic group actions, characters on groups and unitary representations
7Dudnyk OleksiiSpace Research CentreThe study of solar flares and their manifestation during 25th cycle of solar activity by using the Solar Orbiter and ground radio scientific database
8Goncharuk OlenaInstitute of AgrophysicsBiocompatible hybrid hydrogels with functional inorganic fillers for strengthening of plant vegetation
9Kochelap ViacheslavInstitute of High Pressure PhysicsDevice focused research of amplification, generation and control of terahertz radiation
10Kudrynskyi ZakharInstitute of PhysicsProbing charge-, phonon- and spin-quanta in novel two-dimensional van der Waals semiconductors: from fundamentals to applications
11Kyrychenko AnhelinaInstitute of Biochemistry and BiophysicsExperimental evaluation of virus disease of cereals in Ukraine and liposomal bionanotechnology for crop stabilization
12Naydonova LyubovInstitute of PsychologyWar mental health crisis coping: evidence-based media psychoeducation for family and community health promotion during economic recovery
13Poliarus OlenaInstitute of Metallurgy and Material SciencesDevelopment of new MMCs Coating based on NiAl, NiTi intermetallic matrix reinforced with high entropy nitrides (Cr, Zr, Nb, Al., Ti)N
14Potopnyk MykhailoInstitute of Organic ChemistryOrganoboron materials capable of harvesting triplet excitons for a new generation of optoelectronic devices
15Sadovyi BohdanInstitute of High Pressure PhysicsInfluence of high N2 gas pressure on crystallization mechanisms and physical properties of h-BN
16Sashuk VolodymyrInstitute of Physical ChemistryFerroelectric nematic liquid crystal: a new paradigm for breakthrough electrooptical applications
17Shayakhmetova GannaInstitute of PharmacologyLong-term effects of fluoxetine on reproductive function and behavioral phenotype in a rodent model of juvenile post-traumatic stress disorder
18Zalizovskyy AndriySpace Research CentreStudying the geospace plasma irregularities for the needs of Space Weather operational services