Comment: Government policy paper on Horizon Europe alternative

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Amid ongoing negotiations about the UK’s association to Horizon Europe, the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a policy paper outlining how the UK will transition to a new R&D programme.

On the release, UK DRI Director Prof Bart De Strooper, said:

“The ongoing uncertainty regarding Horizon Europe has been damaging to the UK’s R&D sector. Our researchers, who are racing to find cures for neurodegenerative diseases, will be relieved to finally have further information on what an alternative may look like.

“However, full association to Horizon must remain the priority. Dementia is a global problem – growing at an alarming rate – and we will only meet this formidable challenge with a global response. Cross-border collaboration is utterly fundamental to this effort.

“The UK Dementia Research Institute is an international community with thriving links to neuroscientists all over the world. We were proud to come together with our European partners last week to call on the European Commission to confirm the UK’s full association to Horizon without delay, to allow our scientists to continue this vital work. Anything less is a disservice to the millions of people living with dementia, their carers and their loved ones.”

Further information can be found in the Government policy paper 'Supporting UK R&D and collaborative research beyond European programmes', and our open letter calling upon Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, to use her position as President of the European Commission to end the ongoing uncertainty over the UK’s association to Horizon.

Article published: 21 July 2022

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