“Excellent research and innovation help us to live healthier, fuller and better lives. Europe is home to world-class research, and researchers come from all over the world to collaborate with researchers that are based here and to use European scientific infrastructure. Within this community, the UK has created a world-leading research base that interacts with the best and most ambitious in the rest of the world, keeping UK research at the cutting edge” (Royal Society, December 2015).
The UK is one of the highest in the current framework programmes, Horizon 2020 (H2020), which is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
EU Research funding helps generate and support over 19,000 jobs across the UK, £1.86 billions for the UK Economy and more than £1 billon to GDP according to the Universities UK, June 2016. Ending our access to these programmes will weaken our economy which depends on exploitation of innovative science, technology and colloboration with others (including EU countries). To help support UK Research – Sign this petition – We require any BRExit deal preserves UK access to EU collaborative R&D Programs.