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Fears grow over whether UK will associate to Horizon Europe

As talks deadline approaches, deal terms and potential costs are making research leaders uneasy

Multiple research leaders and figures close to talks on the involvement of non-EU countries in Horizon Europe—the EU’s next R&D programme—have told Research Europe they fear the UK is preparing to abandon plans to join due to the costs involved.

‘Associating to’ the 2021-27 programme is needed for substantial participation and comes with corresponding costs, but senior figures are increasingly worried the UK government will use the terms being offered to back out of a deal. “The UK is using it as a kind of fait accompli versus universities,” said Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the League of European Research Universities.

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