Council for Science and Technology welcomes association to Horizon Europe

The Council for Science and Technology wrote to the Prime Minister in June offering advice on Horizon Europe and welcomes the announcement on the association of the UK

On 7 September 2023, the government announced the UK will associate to Horizon Europe and Copernicus programmes through a bespoke new agreement with the EU.

In June 2023, the Council for Science and Technology wrote to the Prime Minister to offer further advice on the UK’s association to Horizon Europe. This followed a discussion with the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.

In response to the announcement of the UK’s association, the co-chairs of the Council for Science and technology said:

Dame Professor Angela McLean, Government Chief Scientific Adviser and government co-chair:

“This is great news for UK science and technology. International collaboration is a vital part of a thriving science ecosystem and association with the Horizon programme bolsters our plans to secure our status as a science and technology superpower.”

Lord Browne of Madingley, independent co-chair:

“The UK’s renewed participation in Horizon Europe is a great outcome for UK researchers, innovators and businesses and the broader scientific and engineering community. The Horizon programme facilitates the essential exchange of scientific insight and provides opportunities for innovation with international impact. UK business and industry will reap significant benefits. This announcement sends a strong signal that the UK continues to be a committed international partner and collaborator in science and technology.”

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