Inspireurope Objectives:

  1. Lay the groundwork for a long-term, cross-sectoral, European support structure for researchers at risk
  2. Contribute to informed policy-making in Europe on support for researchers at risk
  3. Bridge the gaps between national and European support mechanisms, between academic and non-academic sectors in support of researchers at risk.
  4. Improve career development opportunities for researchers at risk
  5. Prepare the work environment to receive researchers at risk
  6. Grow the diversity of actors supporting researchers at risk, in particular in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, and inclusion of business/industry in outreach efforts.


  1. Establish a European Coordinating Committee as a vehicle for cooperation and coordination of European support for researchers at risk
  2. Map and analyse existing support (financial, career development, policy environment) for researchers at risk and produce concrete, detailed policy recommendations and a road map for improving support.
  3. Organize mutual learning activities and high-level stakeholder fora to facilitate exchange between key stakeholders in research and innovation in Europe, including government ministries, EU institutions, employers’ organizations, research funding bodies, and other policy makers in Europe.
  4. Design and deliver training and guidance for researchers at risk including face-to face trainings, webinars and a pilot project of 1-to-1 coaching sessions.
  5. Design and deliver training and guidance for employers, host organizations and other key stakeholders in the academic and non-academic sector across Europe, including face-to-face trainings, and webinars.
  6. Outreach, networking and awareness-raising on support for researchers at risk with an emphasis on stakeholders in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.

Expected Impact:

  1. Improved, sustainable, stronger support network for researchers at risk in Europe.
  2. Enhanced knowledge at the European policy level of specific challenges facing researchers at risk and a road map for addressing these.
  3. Better transfer of knowledge between existing and new support initiatives, and between the academic and non-academic sector.
  4. Improved career prospects for researchers at risk.
  5. Increased capacity and readiness of organizations in Europe to host, fund or employ researchers at risk.
  6. Increased involvement of Central, Eastern and Southern European stakeholders in support measures.