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A webinar on UK association to European research programmes leaves many questions unanswered

It was billed as an update on UK association to Horizon Europe. The webinar, organised yesterday by Universities UK and attended by speakers from the Science and Innovation Network, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Research and Innovation and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, looked to be a chance for researchers and their institutions to get some kind of reassurance about future funding and partnerships and an idea of the timeline over which decisions would be made.

After all, when the Windsor Framework agreement between the UK and the EU over trade of goods in Northern Ireland was reached back in February, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that once the deal was implemented, work could start immediately on securing UK association to EU R&D programmes.

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