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Scientists: UK Relations with EU

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL1359, tabled on 29 June 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government, (1) what assessment they have made of the number of UK-based scientists who may have grant offers from the European Research Council withdrawn if there are no UK–EU agreements on Horizon Europe, Copernicus and Euratom, and (2) how many UK-based scientists have already relocated to the EU.

Answered on

6 July 2022

The UK remains committed and is taking unprecedented steps to support association to Horizon Europe. This includes setting out a guarantee to fund eligible, successful UK applicants to Horizon Europe whose grants are expected to be signed by December 2022. This will ensure that important individual and collaborative projects can go ahead as planned regardless of the status of our association to Horizon Europe.

The guarantee means that eligible successful applicants will receive the full value of their funding at a UK host institution or in their consortia, and do not need to leave the UK. UKRI onboarding remains open, and so we encourage all eligible successful UK applicants to take up their guaranteed grant with UKRI.