A recent Joint publication from EU and UK negotiators confirms EU-funded research will be protected, therefore the UK can continue to participate in the Horizon 2020 programme until its closure! Which is great news to UK academia and industry.
Tim Bradshaw, the chief executive of the Russell Group, said that the confirmation of the UK’s continuing participation in Horizon 2020 was “another big step forwards”. Negotiating teams have now agreed that sufficient progress has been made to move on to discussions of a future trade relationship between the UK and EU nations.
Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of Universities UK, welcomed the progress that had been made on the deals, but stressed that phase two of the negotiations would be “hugely important” for the sector.
“To ensure universities can deliver maximum impact post-exit, this should include negotiating access to the next European research and innovation programme and to the Erasmus+ mobility programme,” he said. “Developing a post-exit immigration system, with minimal barriers to allow talented European staff and students to work and study in the UK, is a priority.”
Dr Bradshaw added: “As negotiations move into stage two, we need to see quick progress on an ambitious deal on research that helps us build on the close relationships that have been developed over the last 40 years. A comprehensive agreement on science that ensures joint working can continue for the long term would be a win-win for the UK and the EU.”