Call for government to re-affirm pledge to underwrite EU research funding

Posted by ap507 at Dec 20, 2016 12:35 PM |
University experts respond to Science and Technology Select Committee's 'A time for boldness: EU membership and UK science after the referendum' report on the impact of Brexit on UK science

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Commenting on today’s report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on the impact of Brexit on UK science, Professor Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Science Projects and Director of the Leicester Institute of Space and Earth Observation at the University of Leicester, said:

"The Committee has joined the scientific and research community in welcoming the announcement of an additional £4.7 billion for Research and Development announced in the Autumn Statement. However, as the report states, it is to be hoped that the government will also reaffirm its commitment to underwrite funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and innovation budget to avoid damaging cuts post-Brexit.

"The science and research budget should be re-based to compensate fully for any loss of funding from the EU, otherwise significant gains may be overshadowed by even greater losses."

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