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Statement on continued UK-EU science and innovation collaboration

4 June 2018

On 22 May 2018, the UK Government published its vision for a future UK-EU ‘Science and Innovation Pact’. The pact would form a fundamental element of the future UK-EU relationship and be based on five pillars: dialogue, programmes, infrastructure, exchange of information, and regulation and ethics.

In her statement on 19 May 2018, the Prime Minister made clear that association to Horizon Europe (the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, due to begin in 2021) should form part of this future relationship. She stated that the UK would be prepared to make an appropriate contribution for full access to the programme. 

The conditions for the UK’s association to Horizon Europe, such as its level of influence over the shape of the programme and its financial contribution, will need to be negotiated. They should reflect what we see as the UK’s status as an international higher education and research and innovation powerhouse and our position as one of the most important collaborative partners in the Framework Programmes to date.
 
Universities UK International shares the view that the UK should become a full associate participant in the EU science and innovation and higher education programmes, Horizon Europe and Erasmus+. 
 
In this context, it is vital that no options are taken off the table in the forthcoming legislative proposal for the Horizon Europe programme as regards the parameters for association status. 
 
We strongly support the idea of a Horizon Europe programme which is open to the world, including a diverse group of associate countries with access to all parts of the programme.

We would therefore like to ask you to share this statement and the accompanying slides with your national government colleagues, stressing the importance of reaching an agreement in this area as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary disruption to the immensely valuable collaborative links between our research and innovation and higher education communities.
 
If you have any questions arising from this statements, please contact Anne-May Janssen or Peter Mason.

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Annie Bell

Communications Manager
Universities UK International

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