To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to page 4 of the Pioneer Prospectus, published on 6 April, what the evidential basis is for the statement that the UK would have been a net contributor to Horizon; and whether the calculation included an assessment of the performance of Horizon 2020 UK grant recipients.
24 April 2023
The UK funding share would fluctuate in Horizon Europe, based on performance. If the UK's performance over 2014-20 in Horizon 2020 was evaluated and applied to the Horizon Europe programme in terms of the announced budget and the terms of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), a net contribution of up to £3bn would be expected, based on average performance. This is relative to the £14.6bn that the full application of the TCA would have committed the UK to contribute, assuming prompt association from 2021.