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Skidmore’s support for ‘essential’ Horizon Europe applauded

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Chris Skidmore’s unexpected declaration that the UK paying to join EU research programmes after Brexit is “essential” has been welcomed by leading figures in research.

Benjamin Reid, the head of international innovation at the UK’s innovation charity Nesta, told Research Fortnight that Nesta welcomed the science minister’s “change of stance” towards the UK’s membership of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s next R&D programme. 

This follows Research Fortnight’s article on Skidmore’s comments at the Royal Society of Biology’s annual parliamentary links day on 25 June. Skidmore told the audience there that association was “not only necessary, but essential”. “I want to look at the strongest possible form of association to Horizon Europe,” he said.

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