Initiative to Support, Promote and Integrate Researchers at Risk in Europe

InSPIREurope is a Europe-wide initiative to support researchers who are at risk due to discrimination, persecution, suffering or violence. Funded under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the initiative is hosted at Maynooth University in Ireland and coordinated by Scholars at Risk Europe.

InSPIREurope brings together a diverse set of partners, including EUA, in a concerted effort to expand support for researchers at risk. Its objective is to forge a coordinated, cross-sectoral, Europe-wide alliance for the researchers. The project begins from the view that excellence in research depends upon open scientific debate, and is driven by a multiplicity of ideas, people and perspectives. When researchers are at risk, and excluded from participating in the global research circuit, not only are individual lives and careers at risk, but the quality, and the very future of research is also at stake.

As a record numbers of researchers reach out to Europe for support, no one country, government, NGO, or enterprise can meet the scope of the challenge. The ambitious and coordinated approach of InSPIREurope is required to provide that support. The project runs from 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2022.

For more information, please visit the project website.

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flag yellow lowThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 857742.

  • Key facts about InSPIREurope

    • Project Title: InSPIREurope – Initiative to Support, Promote and Integrate Researchers at Risk in Europe
    • Funded by: European Commission, under Horizon 2020, Marie Curie Skłodowska-Curie Coordination and Support Action
    • Project dates: 1 September 2019 to 31 August 31 2022
  • Project partners

    • Scholars at Risk Europe, hosted at Maynooth University, Ireland (Project Coordinator)
    • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Germany
    • European University Association
    • Jagiellonian University, Poland
    • University of Oslo, Norway
    • University of Gothenburg, Sweden
    • French national PAUSE programme, hosted by the Collège de France
    • Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten UAF, Netherlands
    • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    • Scholz CTC GmbH, Germany
  • Associate Partners & International Partners

    • EuroScience
    • Scholars at Risk Norway
    • Scholars at Risk Switzerland
    • University of Padova, Italy
    • University of Trento, Italy
    • Scholars at Risk Network


  • Inspireurope Recommendations: Expanding opportunities in Europe for researchers at risk


    19 April 2022

    Scholars in many parts of the world are experiencing threats to their careers, liberty, and even the...

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  • Inspireurope virtual outreach workshop

    Partners news

    16 September 2021

    The second Inspireurope outreach workshop will take place in Krakow on October 7-8, 2021 and aims to...

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  • EUA supports urgent Scholars at Risk appeal to protect Afghan scholars, researchers and civil society actors


    23 August 2021

    EUA along with more than 50 higher education networks, associations and organisations has joined Sch...

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  • Philipp Schwartz and Inspireurope Stakeholder Forum 2021, 26 - 27 April

    Partners news

    19 March 2021

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Philipp Schwartz Initiative and the Inspireurope project o...

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  • Inspireurope webinar “Psychosocial support for researchers at risk”, 10 March

    Partners news

    17 February 2021

    Inspireurope organises the webinar “Psychosocial support for researchers at risk” on 10 March fr...

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  • Inspireurope webinar on Hosting Researchers at Risk, 9 December

    Partners news

    30 November 2020

    Inspireurope organises the webinar ‘Hosting Researchers at Risk: How employers and hosts can help ...

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  • Researchers at Risk: Mapping Europe’s Response


    29 October 2020

    Granting refuge and academic freedom to scholars and students, who had to flee persecution and wars ...

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  • Hybrid event: InSPIREurope Outreach Workshop, 30 September 2020

    Partners news

    16 September 2020

    InSPIREurope, the initiative to support, promote and integrate researchers at risk in Europe, organi...

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  • InSPIREurope 2020 Virtual Stakeholder Forum, 8 June 2020

    Partners news

    24 April 2020

    The 2020 InSPIREurope Stakeholder Forum, originally scheduled to take place at the Collège de Franc...

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  • InSPIREurope outreach workshop: Krakow, Poland

    External resource

    06 January 2020 view more
  • Obstacles to Excellence: new report from Scholars at Risk maps threats to academic freedom in China

    Partners news

    30 September 2019

    EUA partner Scholars at Risk released the report Obstacles to Excellence, mapping threats to academi...

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  • Transforming universities to embrace equity, diversity and inclusion


    20 June 2019

    This was the topic of the INVITED project’s peer learning seminar on 14 June at University Col...

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  • Diversity and inclusiveness in universities: Colin Scott, University College Dublin, Ireland


    31 May 2018 view more
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion: EUA publication features university case studies


    31 May 2018

    EUA has published an edited volume that showcases universities’ strategies and approach...

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  • “Inclusive Europe Today, Powerful Europe Tomorrow” – A message from the participants of the inHERE staff training week


    26 April 2018

    The inHERE (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe) project staff training week on “Integr...

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  • Universities' approaches & strategies towards diversity & inclusiveness

    External resource

    21 December 2017 view more
  • EUA Webinar: Refugees welcome map


    23 March 2016 view more
  • EUA Statement on the refugee crisis

    Policy input

    23 October 2015

    At its Council meeting on 23 October 2015 the European University Association (EUA) called on policy...

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