3 August 2023

IMPRESS-U (International Multilateral Partnerships for Resilient Education and Science System in Ukraine) is a call organised by institutions from six countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the US. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is the initiator and the lead agency, responsible for the merit-based evaluation of all submitted proposals.



IMPRESS-U (International Multilateral Partnerships for Resilient Education and Science System in Ukraine) is the result of an international agreement between grant organisations from six countries: USA (U.S.NSF and NASEM), Poland (NAWA and NCN), Ukraine (NRFU), Estonia (ETAG), Latvia (LCS) and Lithuania (RCL). The IMPRESS-U programme will support research in any field of science, engineering, education and innovation. The partnership is open to proposals for joint ventures submitted to the U.S.NSF by U.S. scientists in collaboration with scientists from Ukraine and researchers from at least one partner country. Particularly sought will be projects that increase efficiencies in international partnerships, support scientific staff, and contribute to building a modern research, education and innovation ecosystem in Ukraine.

U.S. NSF is joined by the Estonian Research Council, the Latvian Council of Science, the Research Council of Lithuania, Poland’s National Science Centre, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, the National Research Foundation of Ukraine, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the U.S. Office of Naval Research, as well as private donors and foundations.


The collaboration and partnership with the National Science Foundation, an agency that has funded the research of 260 Nobel Prize winners for more than 70 years, is a great honour for us, explains dr Dawid Kostecki, Director General at NAWA. We are pleased that just now, when Ukraine is in such dire need of international support, it has been possible to finalize the efforts to launch the IMPRESS-U programme. We believe that thanks to this initiative and the involvement of Poland, with which Ukraine has been liaising constantly, after all, it will be possible to integrate Ukrainian scientists into the international research community. We want Poland, along with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, to act as liaisons between the United States and Ukraine, adds Director General at NAWA.

NAWA will provide support to Polish researchers who will join existing scientific consortia currently carrying out a project funded by the U.S.NSF. A total of PLN 7 million will be allocated to expand existing projects to include international collaboration under the International Supplements section, for which the Agency has received additional funding from the Ministry of Education and Science.

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“The main objective is to support high-quality projects, promote and stimulate the integration of Ukrainian researchers into the global research community and rebuild the research potential of Ukraine”, says Justyna Woźniakowska, Head of the International Cooperation Department at the NCN. The expert points out that IMPRESS-U also opens up avenues for Polish teams to cooperate with American partners. “In NCN grant programmes to date, such opportunities have been few and far between and usually restricted to specific research areas. This call facilitates cooperation in all the disciplines supported by the NSF”, she adds.

The American agency will fund research in any discipline except medical sciences and the humanities. Whenever the Polish team requests NCN funds, proposals submitted under IMPRESS-U will be accepted and peer reviewed by the NSF under the EAGER call and will thus be required meet its terms and conditions.

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To learn more, visit NSF’s International Collaborations (Ukraine) webpage.