With three weeks to go before Brexit day, the UK government is in talks to create an international research funder to mitigate the loss of access to the coveted European Research Council.
Regardless of which Brexit scenario we’re looking at, UK researchers face the prospect of being shut out of both the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie mobility grants. This double loss will be all the more painful because, despite some initial scepticism, the UK took a lead role in establishing the ERC. It quickly became one of the agency’s strongest supporters inside European Union institutions, and UK researchers frequently top lists of ERC grantees.
As reported by Cristina Gallardo, a project to craft a UK-based global research agency is being led by Adrian Smith, director of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national centre for data science.