Commenting on the EU Commission proposal for Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, announced today, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF said:
“The Commission's announcement on the structure and funding of the important research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, follows the successful Horizon 2020 programme, of which the UK has so far received 15% of funds out of the EU-28 and the highest participation rates.
“It is encouraging that the Commission has set out its commitment to continue the legacy of excellence in Horizon Europe, whilst also increasing funding capacity. This is the right approach to build on the successes of Horizon 2020 and will be welcomed by industry.
“The UK government should use all its efforts to ensure Britain’s innovators are well embedded in Horizon Europe as part of a future association agreement. This will require a proactive approach, the government must engage with UK companies and researchers urgently to develop a participation agreement that reinforces the successful UK innovation ecosystem through direct involvement in Horizon Europe.”