Universities rush to improve Horizon Europe participation

British universities are racing to recover from their long absence from European Union research programmes after the United Kingdom was welcomed as an associate member of Horizon Europe earlier this month – but they are already worried about whether the UK will choose to join the programme’s successor, FP10, writes David Matthews for Science|Business.

Two and a half years of exclusion from the programme, caused by wider political fights between London and Brussels, have halved UK participation in the collaborative second pillar of Horizon Europe, and now UK universities are scrambling to get back up to speed.

Although insisting they never stopped engaging with EU researchers – a home-grown guarantee scheme allowed British academic teams to join Horizon consortia with domestic money – UK universities admit their academics missed the boat on some big calls.
Full report on the Science|Business site