UK set to rejoin Horizon Europe alongside New Zealand

UK set to rejoin Horizon Europe alongside New Zealand

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By Nick Flaherty

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After years of negotiation, UK and European Commission negotiators have reached a draft agreement on association to the €95bn Horizon Europe research and development funding programme.

“The UK is expected to become an associated country to the EU’s R&I Framework Programme Horizon Europe. The UK will therefore have the same rights and obligations as other countries associated to the Programme,” said the commission.

Reports say the UK will re-join Horizon Europe and the Copernicus Earth observation program but not the Euratom nuclear energy R&D scheme.

This comes as the EU signs a deal for New Zealand to join the research programme.

“I am glad that we are allowing New Zealand to participate in Horizon Europe, our flagship innovation programme. This is the first association agreement with a country that is not geographically close to Europe, but very close in so many other ways, including the capacity and willingness to innovate,” said  Ursula von der Leyen, President of the commission.

The deal with the UK is set to be signed by commission president Ursula von der Leyen and UK prime minister Rishi Sunak next week at a bilateral meeting at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, next Tuesday.

‘We strongly welcome the news today that the government is in the final stages of reaching an agreement with the European Commission for the UK to associate to the Horizon Europe programme,” said Joe Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business. “This will re-establish and reinvigorate the vital connections that exist between UK and European researchers, working on some of the most pressing societal and economic challenges facing the world.”

“The UK’s longstanding participation in European research and innovation funding has been a hugely significant and valuable feature of our national R&D system. The funding is important, but more so is the deep and valuable connections it allows UK researchers and innovators to make across European nations and beyond,” he said.

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