Sanctions for research and innovation against Russia and support for Ukraine

Science is an overwhelming force for peaceful cooperation. Through free and open scholarly discourse, we can deliver benefits to humanity and the world as we seek to address the most pressing challenges of our time.

The appalling invasion demands that we all take a stand and show our solidarity and support for Ukraine. The government has taken the decision to suspend publicly funded research and innovation collaborations with Russian universities and companies of strategic interest to the Russian state. Our goal is to introduce measures that will have a negative impact on the Russian state, as well as individuals and organizations with close ties to the Kremlin, but not to sanction individual Russian scientists or innovators with security interests. benign research.

So we act today:

1. All payments for projects carried out through UK public research funds with a Russian dimension have been suspended. I have commissioned an assessment, in addition to the existing and robust due diligence processes of UK public research funders, to isolate and freeze activities that benefit the Russian regime.

2. We will not fund any new collaborative projects with Russia through our research and innovation organizations.

3. We have suspended existing government-to-government dialogue through our science and innovation network team in Russia, including their collaborative science projects.

4. Where the UK is a member of multilateral organisations, we are working at the pace of our partners to respond appropriately – holding Russia accountable for its actions while diminishing and isolating its influence.

5. We are offering a £3 million support package for Ukrainian researchers at risk. We stand with Ukraine, its democratically elected government and its courageous people in this terrible time.

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