UK returns to Horizon Europe

Following several months of negotiation, it has been announced that the United Kingdom (UK) will rejoin Horizon Europe, the world’s largest research collaboration programme.

On 7 September, the UK officially returned to Horizon Europe. For British research institutions and cities, this is widely regarded as a major breakthrough, with researchers able to lead consortia in the next work programme of Horizon Europe projects.

Chief Executive of the Russell Group, Dr Tim Bradshaw said:

'Association to Horizon Europe is tremendous news for UK science, research and innovation. We are delighted that a good deal has been struck, so all credit to the negotiating teams who have been working hard behind the scenes to get this over the line.'

Under the new agreement, British researchers will be able to apply for grants and bid to take part in Horizon projects. Britain will also remain a fully associated member for the life of the Horizon program, which currently runs to 2027, and the UK government is actively encouraging British scientists to apply now for grants and projects with 'certainty'.

The move has been described by the Commission as 'fully in line with' the two sides of the EU-U.K. Agreement, which was established after the UK left the EU.

Trade and Cooperation Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan said:

'Today is a fantastic day for UK science and our whole economy. We have listened to the sector, and through hard work and negotiation we have secured an excellent deal for researchers, taxpayers and businesses.'

This is also a significant development for many POLIS member UK cities, including London, Manchester and Glasgow, who have previously been involved in Horizon Europe projects, drawing on the research and practical learnings to expand and enhance their transition to more sustainable urban mobility.

Innovate UK UKRI Information Webinar for UK entities 

14 September; 14-15:00 UK time (15-16:00 CET)

Are you a UK city, region, or university and want to know more about Horizon Europe? This webinar will explain the UK Horizon Association deal, cover how UK organisations can take part in Horizon Europe proposals, and provide details on the support available to UK organisations to participate in Horizon Europe. This online session will give attendees a deeper understanding of what the UK association with Horizon Europe means, the rules and terms of engagement, and advice on how to participate.

Register HERE

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