One of the main priorities is the integration of Ukraine into the European Research Area. This is facilitated by bilateral international cooperation with the EU member states, with the countries of the Eastern Partnership as well as a participation in the EU Framework program "Horizon 2020" for research and innovation.
According to the results of 446 competitions for 117 Ukrainian organizations, which have taken part in the “Horizon 2020” program since 2014, 90 projects are funded by the amount of 17,232 million euros and 9 of which are coordinated by Ukrainian organizations. During this time 1,990 Ukrainian institutions and organizations prepared and submitted for consideration 915 project proposals. The total cost of projects involving 117 Ukrainian organizations is equal to 465.851.011 euros.
Domestic universities and scientific institutions take an active part in bilateral scientific and technical cooperation within the framework of intergovernmental agreements. Comparing with 2016 the number of projects within the bilateral cooperation has doubled in 2017and the volume of project financing has grown 3.5 times against that of last year.
At times Ukraine takes part as an associated member in the following programs: the "Euratomas" research and training program, "EUREKA" - International European Innovative Scientific and Technical Program, the «Science for Peace and Security» NATO program etc. Ukrainian research organizations and universities co-operate with international organizations and foundations, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Ukrainian Scientific and Technological Center (STCU), the Special Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), etc.
The scientific sphere is one of the most globalized that is why the information on the results of scientific research should be available to Ukrainian academic researchers. In 2017 the Ministry provided access to the most popular resources in the scientific world - Web of Science and Scopus, which became not only the basis of scientific publications but also worked as information platforms with many additional useful analytical services. For this purpose, 12.8 million UAH were allocated from the state budget. It is also important that institutions not only got access to scientometric resources but at the request of the Ministry both publishers Elsevier (Scopus) and Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) agreed to conduct seminars and trainings in Kyiv and in the regions on increasing publication activity of researchers, writing quality papers, searching scientific publications to issuance as well as planning a research career. Also these companies will work to streamline profiles of Ukrainian higher education and research institutions, which must increase their ratings and visibility on the world scientific map.