Key Results of The Survey on The Needs of Ukrainian Scientists (Second Wave Report)

The survey was conducted online using the LimeSurvey web application, with the second wave administered from September 26 to November 24, 2022, following the first wave conducted from April 1 to May 2, 2022. The survey link was distributed via email to academic and research staff and shared on social media in the dedicated communities. A total of 1729 scientists completed the survey, providing a substantial dataset for analysis.


According to the survey, 53.2% of the interviewed scientists stayed in Ukraine and did not change their place of residence despite the war. Another 34.8% of the respondents were internally displaced, of which 52.8% have since returned to the settlement where they lived before the full-scale military invasion. The survey also found that 12% of the scientists were abroad at the time of the survey.


Scientists abroad feel much safer than those in Ukraine. In the period before the massive rocket attacks on Ukraine, scientists felt safer than when the attacks began in October. In November, when the massive rocket shelling only continued and did not become less intense, respondents rated the safety of their place of residence the worst compared to previous time intervals.


32.6% of the scientists answered that they have enough money only for food. 35.1% of scientists answered that they have enough money for food and clothes, but it is difficult to buy durable goods. 70.4% of the respondents said that their financial situation has worsened in comparison with the first two months of the war.

86.8% of respondents continue to receive a salary in the institution(s) where they work. 5.7% of respondents stated that they continue to be paid, but not in all
institutions where they work. At the same time, 55.3% of respondents who continue to be paid in at least one institution face delays in salary payment; 42.9% of these respondents said that they had to do more work, but their salaries did not increase. 

Academic staff are more likely than researchers to say that they are unable to fully engage in research activities. For researchers, the main reasons that prevent them from fully engaging in research activities are the “freezing” of many research projects due to the war, technical reasons (Internet and communication outages, power outages, etc.), and a lack of security. For academic employees, these are technical reasons (Internet and communication disruptions, power
outages, etc.) and a lack of security. Lack of interest and apathy is also a significant cause that prevents academic staff from engaging in research activities.

Full report is under review and will be published soon. 

Anastasiia Lutsenko, Nataliia Harashchenko, Lidiia Hladchenko, Nadiia Korytnikova, Ruslana Moskotina, Oleksandra Pravdyva