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Nurse urges UK to associate to Horizon Europe

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Top scientists at the Francis Crick Institute have warned that failing to access the European Union’s next R&D programme, Horizon Europe, could severely affect UK science.

The director of the Crick Institute, Paul Nurse (pictured), told Research Fortnight that if the UK is unable to negotiate access to Horizon Europe it runs the risk of being marginalised in science. He added that a UK-run replacement programme would not be an adequate substitute.

Nurse was speaking after the release of a Crick survey on 3 June, which found that 92 per cent of the 74 research group leaders at the institute who responded would “strongly prefer the UK to join the EU programme”. Five per cent said they would prefer it and only 3 per cent, or two leaders, expressed no preference.

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