Commenting on the Department for Exiting the EU’s Collaboration on Science and Innovation Future Partnership paper, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“Collaboration with other European countries is crucial to maintaining the UK’s position as a world-leader in research and innovation. The government is right to prioritise this in its approach to exiting the EU and its latest position paper strikes a positive tone.
“There are strong reasons for the UK to seek meaningful access to the next European framework programme for research and innovation. Funding from Horizon 2020 and its predecessors has achieved significant added value for participants and Britain’s research base is stronger as a result. Collaboration is not just about money though: working across borders gives us access to a much bigger community of researchers and helps us address the biggest challenges facing the world. Continued excellence in UK research and innovation requires an open and welcoming approach to researchers at every stage of their career.”