We believe that access to EU research programmes means we attract and retain talented researchers and innovators in the UK, as well as bringing significant financial benefits to research and companies. Equally, playing an active part in Europe-wide programmes is proven to create supportive international ecosystems for potentially high-growth, transformative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to thrive.
UK association with Horizon Europe is crucial for the continued growth and success of UK science, and the economic and societal benefits this brings. We are urging the government to take necessary action to ensure this association.
We welcome the news that the Secretary of State for DSIT, Michelle Donelan, has kickstarted talks on research collaboration and Horizon Europe with the EU Commission yesterday. This is a promising step and we urge both parties to get UK association to Horizon Europe swiftly over the line.