Comment: Government unveils plan for new Science and Technology Framework

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Amid ongoing negotiations about the UK’s association to Horizon Europe, the UK Government has launched a new Science and Technology Framework, in a bid to cement the UK’s place as a science and technology superpower by 2030.

Responding to the news, Prof Bart De Strooper, Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute, said:

“Scientific innovation is the UK’s best asset for growing the economy, creating jobs and improving all our lives. The government’s new plan rightly recognises the potential of UK science to transform our economy and our country.

“It is particularly encouraging to see the emphasis on collaboration across government departments to realise this ambition. However, even more critical is the UK’s ability to collaborate fully with scientific colleagues across Europe. As the UK’s leading biomedical research institute dedicated to neurodegenerative diseases, we are unequivocal that full association to Horizon Europe is our best hope for breakthroughs. Now that the Windsor Framework has been agreed, we urge the Government to immediately confirm the UK’s association to Horizon, to end the two-year impasse that has been so damaging, and finally unleash the full potential of UK science.”

Article published: 6 March 2023
Banner image: Thomas Angus, Imperial College London