EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas today sent the European Parliament and member states a €94.1 billion research budget proposal outlining increases in basic science spending and a blueprint for a new innovation council.
In response, Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society said:
“The EU framework programmes offer an opportunity for collaborative science that is unrivalled in scale and impact and the closer the scientific cooperation between the EU and the UK, the more we all benefit.
“In deciding to leave the EU, the UK gave up its right to be part of Horizon Europe, but today’s EU proposals leave the door open for a full and close association.
“There is much to be negotiated but given the Prime Minister’s recent commitment to paying our way and the research community’s desire to continue the significant contribution UK experts have always provided, alongside their European counterparts, to the delivery of European research programmes, I am hopeful of a positive outcome.”
Relevant documents, including factsheets summarizing the proposals, can be found on the European Commission website.