August 20, 2019, by Rob Ounsworth
Brexit and research funding – update on the Prime Minister’s pledge
The Prime Minister’s announcement recognising the UK’s excellence in research and innovation – and his reassurances over funding of successful Horizon 2020 applications in the event of a no-deal Brexit – has been welcomed by Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange.
Dame Jessica also encouraged University researchers to continue to apply for funding under current EU schemes.
Boris Johnson announced a shake-up of the immigration system to remove barriers to attracting international science and research talent to the UK.
He also gave reassurances on European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Sklodowksa-Curie (MSC) proposals that will be under evaluation around 31 October, when Britain is due to leave the EU.
Mr Johnson said: “In the event we leave without a deal, the Government will ensure any Horizon 2020 applications stuck in the approval process when the UK leaves, will instead be automatically assessed by UKRI – with successful applications provided with funding.”
The University continues to encourage Nottingham-hosted proposals to forthcoming ERC and MSC call deadlines:
Dame Jessica said: “It is hugely encouraging to have removed this small uncertainty around what would happen if there’s a no-deal Brexit and the European Commission do not review UK-hosted mono-beneficiary proposals.
“The removal of this uncertainty is an additional incentive to apply for these prestigious awards. While we cannot eradicate all the political doubt, we can and do continue to encourage you to try to win EU funding for excellent science and for mobility.”
She added: “This outcome is the result of concerted lobbying of the government, to which Nottingham has been a key contributor.
“Nottingham retains a strategic goal to collaborate internationally including with excellent European partners. It is worth noting that all forms of Brexit allow for our continued participation in collaborative research projects, and this is wholeheartedly encouraged, including with the provision of proposal preparation support.”
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