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Government confirms ‘safety net’ for UK Horizon applicants

Image: Richard Townshend [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

UKRI will provide money for researchers with winning bids to EU programme

Successful UK applicants for grants from Horizon Europe will be guaranteed funding regardless of the outcome of the country’s troubled efforts to join the European Union’s €95.5 billion (£80.5bn) R&D programme, the government has confirmed.

The UK agreed an association deal with the EU that should allow its researchers to apply for most EU R&D funds, but final sign-off has been delayed by political disputes between the two powers. This has left many UK winners of funding in limbo, unable to sign their grant agreements or draw on the money they have won despite being encouraged to apply before the association status was finalised.

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