Response to the government document “Supporting R&D and collaborative research beyond European programs” from the government

Earlier this week, alongside the Royal Society of Biology and Institute of Physics, we sent a joint letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nadhim Zahawi MP and Secretary of State for BEIS, Kwasi Kwarteng MP urging the government to :

  • Publish transition plans
  • Continue to set aside funding foreseen in the 2021 spending review for association with Horizon Europe or for alternative programs
  • Engage with the wider research and innovation community on longer-term alternatives

It is reassuring to see that there will be no gap between the Horizon Europe guarantee and the proposed flight evaluation process, and that the government is committed to extending the guarantee and fully supporting the participation of third countries if the UK cannot partner with Horizon Europe . It is also positive to see that if the UK cannot partner, the funding allocated to Horizon Europe in the 2021 spending review will be used to build on existing R&D programs with new flagship investments in national and international research and innovation.

We now urge the government to engage as widely as possible with the UK research and innovation community to develop its longer-term plans. We stand ready to engage with the chemical science community to this end and be its voice.

Yesterday’s announcements are a step in the right direction. The RSC will continue to push for association with Horizon Europe, and if association is not possible, we will define what is needed so that the alternatives are fit for the purpose of a research and learning ecosystem. healthy and thriving innovation that enables the mobility of the chemistry workforce and students, while helping chemistry-using sectors and companies to grow and prosper.

Are you interested in informing our political work?

Over the next few months, we will be engaging with our community to help inform our messages about Horizon Europe alternatives. If you would like to get involved, please contact our Policy and Evidence team via the form on this page.

Learn more

Read more about the Royal Society of Chemistry’s activities on Horizon Europe and the alternatives in our recent article by Head of Policy and Evidence, Tanya Sheridan.

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