Our activities under the theme of Europe's Futures build on the Academy's long-standing links with partners across Europe and beyond. They aim to inform public debate as well as provide distinctive analysis and evidence to policy-makers in the UK and the rest of Europe.
European Research and Collaboration
Scholarship, research and innovation are central to the UK’s economic, social and cultural well-being. They flourish in long-term and interconnected frameworks that support people, collaborations, resources and regulation. The EU provides such frameworks for the humanities and the social sciences and helps to strengthen excellence in these disciplines.
The pivotal role of research, scholarship and innovation for the UK’s productivity and growth, as well as for its cultural and social well-being has been challenged by the result of the UK’s referendum on membership of the EU. Both UK universities and researchers based here now face an uncertain future. This uncertainty is unhelpful to the retention of the UK’s reputation for research excellence.
UK universities score highly in international rankings not least because they have been able to draw on an international talent pool in which EU programmes have played a crucial part. The loss of this talent pool risks causing great damage to the achievements of UK universities and research communities. At the same time, UK-based researchers have been remarkably successful in EU research competitions. The level of resources available from the EU, and the type of resources, such as the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, have to be continued, or where necessary replicated, to maintain the UK’s research excellence.
Our activities as part of this project examine the key role that EU frameworks play in supporting people, collaborations, resources and regulation, and aim to uncover how current opportunities for the UK research base can be maintained after Brexit. Through the Academy’s chairmanship of the All European Academies (ALLEA) Horizon Europe (Framework Programme 9) Working Group, our work is also geared towards developing suggestions for the EU’s future research and innovation programmes. In particular, we are looking to ensure that Horizon Europe is developed with the interests of the Wissenschaft community in mind and in particular that the humanities and social sciences are fully represented.
- A Response to Professor Adrian Smith’s Call for Evidence on 'Future Frameworks for International Collaboration on Research and Innovation' (2019)
- A Statement on the Proposed Settled Status Scheme and European Temporary Leave to Remain for Higher Education and Research (2019)
- A Statement on the UK’s Future Immigration System for Higher Education and Research (2019)
- A Submission from The British Academy to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on Brexit, Science and Innovation: Preparations for 'No Deal' (2019)
- A Submission from the British Academy to the Migration Advisory Committee Inquiry on the Impact of International Students (2018)
- A Submission from the British Academy to the Migration Advisory Committee Inquiry on EEA-Workers (2017)
- Living Together: Missions for Shaping the Future (2017)
- International Staff and Students in UK Higher Education (2017)
- Developing a Vision for Framework Programme 9 (2017)
- Higher Education, Research and Innovation: After Triggering Article 50 (2017)
- A Submission from the British Academy to the House of Commons Exiting the EU Committee Inquiry on the UK’s Negotiating Objectives for the Withdrawal from the EU (2016)
- Open for Business: a Nation of Global Researchers and Innovators (2016)
- A Submission from The British Academy to the House of Commons Select Committee on Science & Technology Inquiry on Leaving the EU: Implications and Opportunities for Science and Research (2016)
- A Submission from the British Academy to the House of Commons Education Select Committee Inquiry on the Impact of Exiting the European Union on Higher Education (2016)
- Research and Innovation: After the EU Referendum (2016)
- A British Academy Statement on the Proposed Regulation to Establish the European Fund for Strategic Investment (‘EFSI’) (2015)
- A Submission from the British Academy to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology on the Relationship Between EU Membership and the Effectiveness of Science, Research and Innovation in the UK (2015)
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We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.