Below you will find a selection of publications and policy briefings produced by the Inspireurope+ project (2022 to 2025) and its predecessor, Inspireurope (2019 to 2022). The Inspireurope mapping report outlines existing support measures in Europe for researchers at risk. The Inspireurope national-level actions report gathers experiences of 14 national-level initatives in Europe supporting researchers at risk. Inspireurope policy briefings recommend improvements to existing measures, and make suggestions for new support. Inspireurope’s publications and policy briefings are the result of engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including researchers at risk, higher education institutions and research organisations with experience in hosting or employing researchers at risk, and NGOs, networks and other projects dedicated to supporting researchers at risk.

Inspireurope+ Recommendation: National Fellowship Schemes for Researchers at Risk

The Inspireurope+ consortium encourages national-level funders, ministries, national agencies, networks and other stakeholders to establish dedicated fellowship schemes for researchers at risk.  Further information and guidance in this briefing.

Inspireurope Recommendations: Expanding Opportunities in Europe for Researchers at Risk

In April 2022, the Inspireurope project published policy recommendations for improving support in Europe for researchers at risk. The report was led by the European University Association.

Inspireurope+ Submission to Horizon Europe Consultation, February 2023

In February 2023, the Inspireurope+ project submitted recommendations to the European Commission in response to a public consultation on the European Research and Innovation Framework Programmes 2014-2027.

Researchers at Risk: Mapping Europe’s Support

In November 2020 the Inspireurope project published Researchers at Risk: Mapping Europe’s Response, led by the European University Association, documenting the the excellent work already underway in Europe for researchers at risk, as well as gaps and opportunities for future support.

Researchers at Risk: National-Level Actions in Europe

In August 2021, the Inspireurope project published Researchers at Risk: National-Level Actions in Europe, led by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Philipp Schwartz Initiative and the PAUSE Programme. The report gathers the experiences of 14 national-level initiatives in Europe supporting researchers at risk. The aim is to share knowledge and insights between those already involved in these efforts, and to encourage the development of new national-level initiatives.

Recommendation for an EU Fellowship Scheme for Researchers at Risk

In January 2021, the Inspireurope project put forward a recommendation for a dedicated EU fellowship scheme for researchers at risk. In addition to providing urgent support to individual scholars, dedicated EU fellowships for researchers at risk would serve to publicly highlight the crucial role of researchers and academic freedom in democratic societies.

Researchers at Risk in MSCA: Preliminary assessment of current obstacles & related suggestions

In November 2019, the Inspireurope project undertook a preliminary assessment of the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships programme in order to identify obstacles facing researchers at risk in accessing the scheme. The project’s findings and related suggestions are provided in this short briefing.

About Inspireurope+

Inspireurope+ is a multi-partner initiative to coordinate and improve support in Europe for researchers at risk. Researchers at risk include researchers, scholars, scientists at all stages of their research careers, who are experiencing threats to their life, liberty, or research career, and those who are displaced because of such threats.

Inspireurope+ Partners

Project partners and associate partners include leading organisations in the provision of support to researchers at risk.

Inspireurope+ Webinars

Please find below recordings of webinars and other online events that we hope will be useful to researchers at risk and prospective employers and host institutions in Europe.