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CARe - Career Advancement for Refugee Researchers in Europe


January 2019 - December 2020

Funded by

European Commission – DG Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020 Science4Refugees), Programme: H2020-EU.5.a. - Make scientific and technological careers attractive to young students, and foster sustainable interaction between schools, research institutions, industry and civil society organisations


Academic Cooperation Association (ACA - coordinator), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI)


The CARe project (Career Advancement for Refugee Researchers in Europe) is a 24-month project aiming to support the integration of researchers with a refugee background into the European research labour market.

The aim of the project will be achieved through research and dissemination activities, by adopting a multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach. The activities will serve two main purposes:

  • Ensuring needs-based guidance and country-specific information on employment requirements and opportunities for the target group, through Focus groups engaging refugee researchers; country guides/information sheets; and thematic webinars involving experts and employers.
  • Disseminating project results to the stakeholder networks in the project and the wider community, via EURAXESS centres and the EURAXESS portal.

The project targets 10 European countries with a high number of asylum seekers, an absorption capacity of the Research and Development (R&D) labour market and supportive environment to facilitate refugee researchers’ entry and integration in the labour market (Austria, Belgium/Flanders, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands).

The core consortium is composed of the Brussels-based ACA Secretariat (the coordinator), and ACA members DAAD (Germany) and EDUFI (Finland). The Advisory Board includes experts from ACA’s member SAIA (Slovakia) as well as from Norcore (Norway) and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Section of the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR). 

For further enquiries, please contact us at: care(at)


The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under H2020-SwafS-2018-1, grant number 824651.