University welcomes Horizon Europe membership

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The University’s science community will have the opportunity to take part in the flagship Horizon Europe research programme after a three-year hiatus.

The news comes after the UK and the EU successfully reached an agreement allowing the UK to rejoin the £85 billion science research scheme as an associate member.

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, with a budget of €95.5 billion up to 2027. The UK will also now be able to join the governance of EU programmes, which the nation has been excluded from over the last three years.

Professor Christina Boswell, Vice-Principal Research and Enterprise, said: “We welcome news of an agreement between the UK Government and the EU that will see a renewed association with the Horizon Europe research programme. This is extremely welcome news not just for British universities but for the UK’s many European and international research and innovation partners.

“Access to Horizon Europe also means we can continue to attract the best and brightest minds, work with business and industry across Europe and worldwide, and bridge skills gaps in research and development. Being part of Horizon Europe will boost our collective efforts to tackle the greatest challenges of our time and we stand ready to take full advantage of the opportunities this will bring.”

The University of Edinburgh is one of the most internationally collaborative research universities in the UK with almost 55% of its research output published with international co-authors.

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