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UK Re-joins Horizon Europe


Today, September 7th, it was announced that the UK would be re-joining the EU’s flagship research scheme Horizon, the largest research collaboration programme in the world. This means that UK-based scientists and institutions can now apply for grants from the £85bn fund and bid to take part in projects that could potentially shape our future.


Disagreements over the Northern Ireland Protocol had resulted in the UK being excluded from the scheme for the past three years. However, with the new Windsor Framework in place, it seems that the UK and EU scientific community can now rebuild their collaborations and start working closely with their EU counterparts again.


Additionally, the UK will associate with the EU’s European East Observation programme (Copernicus), but not the nuclear research alliance known as the Euratom programme.


The UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:


With a wealth of expertise and experience to bring to the global stage, we have delivered a deal that enables UK scientists to confidently take part in the world’s largest research collaboration programme. We have worked with our EU partners to make sure that this is the right deal for the UK, unlocking unparalleled research opportunities, and also the right deal for British taxpayers.”


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