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On 20 July, the UK government published a new report called "Supporting UK R&D and collaborative research beyond European programmes". This document explains how the UK will transition to a new R&D programme, if unable to associate to Horizon Europe, Copernicus and Euratom, in order to offer more certainty to the national research and business community.
The report highlights the government’s original intention to be part of the flagship Horizon, Copernicus, Euratom Research & Training and Fusion for Energy research programmes, despite the country’s departure from the EU, and reiterates its commitment to associate with all four of them. It sets out a series of transitional measures to be put in place, in case the association does not happen in due time, including:
The higher education sector represented by Universities UK welcomed the government’s initiative in clarifying how it would invest in the UK university R&D if association proves impossible. Universities also broadly welcomed the non-association funding scenarios but also insisted on their role in the related policy development processes and the importance of transparency. They also demanded more clarity on the budget and timeline for implementing the plan.