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Cost of UK participation in EU research programmes raises fear of domestic cuts


Brexit deal brings relief, but how government will pay for Horizon Europe association remains unclear

A last-minute deal to continue UK participation in European Union research programmes led to celebration across much of the research sector, but some figures now fear the potentially huge cost of this will lead to cuts for other programmes.

The UK-EU trade deal agreed in December includes the option for the UK to become an associate member of the €95.5 billion
(£85bn) 2021-27 iteration of the EU’s R&D programme Horizon Europe.

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