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University of York welcomes news UK to rejoin EU's flagship scientific research scheme

Posted on 8 September 2023

The University of York has welcomed the announcement that the UK is to rejoin Horizon, the EU’s flagship science research scheme.

Our scientists are helping to shape global scientific advancements

Academics at the University have benefited greatly from being part of Horizon Europe, which has enabled new partnerships, doctoral networks and large collaborative grants to extend the reach and impact of York’s research.

Global scientific advancements

Examples include our Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence and colleagues in the Department of Chemistry, all shaping global scientific advancements as part of the scheme. 

Professor Matthias Ruth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of York, welcomed the announcement. 

He said: “For our exceptional research to continue, removing barriers in forging key partnerships across Europe is vital.

“We very much look forward to York’s next steps with the scheme, as part of our commitment to EU collaboration, as well as participating in negotiations for any successor to Horizon Europe.”

UK-based scientists and institutions will now be able to apply for money from the £81bn (€95bn) fund.

Associate membership had been agreed as part of the Brexit trade deal when the UK formally left the EU in 2020.

However, the UK has been excluded from the scheme for the past three years because of a disagreement over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Clarity and certainty

Jamie Arrowsmith, Director of Universities UK International, said: “This news will be extremely welcome to researchers everywhere, who will now be able to collaborate with clarity and certainty through the Horizon Europe programme.

“This will create opportunities for research and innovation that has the ability to transform lives. We are extremely grateful for the efforts of everyone in the European research community who have worked tirelessly to help secure this agreement.”

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