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Government publishes Horizon 2020 Brexit advice

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7 Sep 2018

In preparation for a potential no-deal scenario, the UK government has published advice for UK and EU researchers, universities, and industry on Horizon 2020.
Georgina Hines

In a series of papers produced by the UK government to inform the public on the progress of Brexit negotiations, BEIS has published an overview of Brexit and its effect on the UK’s participation in Horizon 2020.

Seeking to continue collaboration with the EU, particularly though its science programmes, the government has outlined its priorities for science and research through negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement. Currently, it is thought that the government will seek associated country status in Horizon 2020 and its successor Horizon Europe.

‘The government’s priority remains ensuring the draft Withdrawal Agreement is finalised and concluded. This would ensure that UK entities’ right to participate in Horizon 2020 would be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for the lifetime of projects financed by the current MFF,’ the report reads.           

The government has named its priorities for science and research post-Brexit as:

  • Finalising the Withdrawal Agreement
  • Agreeing the Underwrite Guarantee and Post-EU Exit Guarantee Extension that will help protect UK researchers’ funding post-Brexit
  • Facilitating mobility for UK and EU researchers
  • Planning for Horizon 2020 and the Euratom Research and Training programme

Chancellor Philip Hammond has previously announced that during a no-deal scenario, the government will guarantee funding to cover any research by UK researchers that successfully bid for Horizon 2020 funding. They would also be free to continue collaborative research with EU countries if this occurred.

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