Brexit and UK science

Following Brexit, the Royal Society is seeking the best possible outcome for UK research and innovation. Discover more now.

The Royal Society is working to ensure the best outcome for research and innovation following Brexit and support continuing relationships and build new ones across Europe and beyond.

Being an open and collaborative science nation will enable the UK to drive global action on challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss while attracting people and investment from all over the world.

In particular, we need to

  • Keep highly-skilled scientists working in the UK and ensure that talented people from around the world choose to come here and contribute to our globally competitive science
  • Keep access to money and networks that support the UK to work with scientists around the world, including making the most of the UK's association to Horizon Europe
  • Maintain regulation that supports access to new medicines, technologies and constructive collaborations

Find out more about the Society's work to build and maintain relations with the European and international science community

Find out more about the Society's wider work on research and innovation.

Information on the Brexit trade deal

By participating in Horizon Europe as an associated country, the UK can access the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, grants from the European Innovation Council and other key schemes. 

Read our Q&As for further information