The assure scheme goals to defend funding for UK researchers, companies, and innovators, the UK has mentioned. It means profitable UK Horizon Europe candidates might be lined for calls that shut on or earlier than 31 December 2022, with the vast majority of grant signature dates anticipated earlier than the top of August 2023.
Westminster says it’s persevering with to encourage the EU to formalise UK affiliation, however launched a set of contingency plans in July to be applied if affiliation isn’t potential.
After the assure for the second wave of Horizon in March, the third wave extension will “give UK researchers and innovators welcome reassurance that they will proceed to use for grants, and helps to plug the hole whereas protecting the window for UK affiliation open”, Joanna Burton, coverage supervisor on the Russell Group, mentioned.
Appearing director at Universities UK Worldwide, Jamie Arrowsmith, added that the extension is a “very welcome improvement”.
“Whereas the UK continues to push for affiliation to Horizon Europe, the assure gives assurances to all researchers based mostly within the UK that they will proceed to use to calls with the knowledge that funding for profitable initiatives is safe,” he famous.
“The assure gives assurances to all researchers based mostly within the UK”
UUKi has been a key accomplice within the Stick with Science initiative calling for an “open and collaborative analysis and innovation panorama” throughout Europe.
“The UK authorities has made clear that full participation in Horizon Europe stays its precedence,” Burton added.
“We hope the formal consultations course of will see constructive engagement from the EU so we are able to discover a answer that may unlock the big advantages of UK affiliation to scientists and researchers on either side of the channel.”