Today (Wednesday 20 July) the Government set out a new set of transition measures to ensure stability and continuity of funding for researchers and businesses, which will come into force if the UK fails to join Horizon Europe; and an innovation funding program.
The UK Government agreed in December 2020 to join Horizon, Copernicus, Euratom Research & Training and Fusion for Energy as part of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement and it remains the UK’s position that the association will benefit all parties by enabling countries to make Europe work together on common challenges.
However, in light of the EU’s continued delays, the UK has made it clear that if the association is not completed, our priority is to protect and support the research and innovation (R&I) sector, with association funding re-directed to new Research and development programs, including those designed to support international partnerships.
Transitional measures will ensure that there is no financial gap Research and development sector and will provide immediate funding opportunities for researchers, institutions and businesses while longer term measures are put in place.
Transitional measures established today include:
- that UK warranty the scheme is already in place
- funding for successful, in-flight Horizon applicants in the UK
- Ups and downs of existing UK talent schemes
- increasing innovation funding and support for business, particularly SMEs
- promotes international innovation schemes to support international business cooperation
- Funding for research institutions most affected by the loss of Horizon Europe’s talent funding
- Third country participation in Horizon Europe continues
The measures will be delivered by trusted and experienced UK bodies, using existing and established UK funding and support mechanisms, and will be ready to launch if the UK is unable to join Horizon Europe.
Today’s announcement also outlines a preliminary vision for a long-term alternative plan to Horizon, should one be required, that will focus on four key themes to complement our existing one. Research and development Investments: Talent, End to End Innovation, Global Collaboration and Investments Research and development system.
The long-term plan will be set up as quickly as possible, and the government is already talking to researchers and business to set priorities for the plan to help build on the UK’s strengths and develop new opportunities, while allocating resources and support to the sector. right across the country in line with the Equalization Agenda. Our detailed proposals will be published in due course.
The government is also developing a comprehensive plan for alternatives to Euratom GHH:Fusion for Energy and Copernicus programs, including interim measures.
Government publishes proposals for a package of transitional measures to support research and innovation sector affected by Horizon Europe delays
SourceGovernment publishes proposals for a package of transitional measures to support research and innovation sector affected by Horizon Europe delays