The British Academy responds to government's 'Pioneer' announcement

6 Apr 2023

The Department for Science, Innovation & Technology has published ‘Pioneer: Global Science for Global Good’ in which it outlines draft plans for supporting the UK research community if the UK is not able to associate to Horizon Europe.

In response, Professor Julia Black, President of the British Academy, said:

“It remains the utmost priority for the British Academy and the wider research community that the UK associates to Horizon Europe. We therefore welcome the discussions between the UK and the EU on this issue and we wish to see them progress rapidly and to a successful conclusion.

“Should association prove not possible, the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT) has published its plans on how support will be put in place for the UK research community. This provides a useful opportunity for the community to engage with the Government. Together with the other National Academies and UKRI we have worked with DSIT to help develop the Discovery element of the proposals. However, our overriding priority is that we associate to Horizon Europe.  We encourage the UK and EU to work swiftly to secure that mutually beneficial outcome.”

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