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Good news for the UK's science and technology sectors! The United Kingdom will join Horizon Europe and Copernicus programmes through a bespoke agreement with the European Union.
Good news for the UK's science and technology sectors! From today (Thursday 7 September), UK researchers can apply for grants and bid to take part in projects under the Horizon programme, with certainty that the UK will be participating as a fully associated member for the remaining life of the programme to 2027.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the United Kingdom will join Horizon Europe and Copernicus programmes through a bespoke agreement with the European Union.
But what does this really mean for researchers, businesses, and ordinary citizens?
Here's everything you need to know.
UK scientists and researchers will now have better access to funding opportunities through Horizon Europe, spanning multiple disciplines from healthcare to Artificial Intelligence.
The agreement also opens doors for collaboration with countries like Norway, New Zealand, and Israel that are part of the Horizon Europe programme. Korea and Canada are also looking to join, making this a truly global collaboration platform.
Being able to influence the governance of these EU programs means that the UK can now have a say in shaping future research collaborations.
The deal is set to create and support thousands of new jobs, especially for the next generation of research talent. This is in line with the Prime Minister’s ambition to turn the UK into a science and technology superpower by 2030.
UK companies, especially those in tech and research sectors, will gain unparalleled opportunities to lead global work on new technologies and research projects. For the everyday citizen, this could mean quicker advancements in areas like healthcare, environmental sustainability, and technology.
While the news is mostly positive, it's important to note that the UK has decided to go solo on its fusion energy strategy. While this offers a level of autonomy, it also comes with the responsibility to make significant advancements independently, backed by a £650m fund until 2027.
Leaders in academia, industry, and government have lauded the agreement. Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, mentioned that nearly three-quarters of cancer researchers cited EU funding as crucial for their work. Dr. Paul Bate, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, also heralded this as excellent news, especially for the Earth observation sector in combating climate change.
Director of Grants at Myriad Associates Marc Greatrex, who has been responsible for numerous successful Horizon Europe Applications had the following to say: "Although I am extremely skeptical, this appears to be good news for UK researchers and business, hopefully this will go someway to leveling the public funding landscape in Europe"
The new UK-EU deal on Horizon Europe and Copernicus is a win for the UK's scientific community, providing more opportunities for funding, collaboration, and governance. It's not just a boost for scientists and researchers, but also a positive development for businesses and the general public.
The government’s commitment to becoming a global science superpower by 2030 just got a significant boost, and it’s an exciting time to be involved in the UK's research and technology sectors.
Knowing exactly which funding competitions are available, and to whom, is notoriously difficult. Navigating the strict criteria and building an application that stands out is another challenge altogether.
Our market-leading team is ready to put your company front and centre, aiming to secure the R&D grants in the UK that elevates your innovation strategy to the next level.
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