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Dismay over Canada and New Zealand’s Horizon Europe plans

Research community calls for involvement in EU research and innovation programme beyond its second pillar

Research communities in Canada and New Zealand have reacted with dismay to signs that their governments will negotiate for access to only the second pillar of the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, covering collaboration on global challenges such as climate change.

Association to the programme offers non-EU countries access on terms similar to those of countries in the bloc, in exchange for financial contributions. Canada and New Zealand completed exploratory talks on Horizon Europe association earlier this year, and options for forthcoming formal negotiations include signing up for the entire programme or a selection of its three pillars. These are focused on excellent science, collaboration on global challenges and innovation.

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