UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

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Great Britain. Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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27 September 2018
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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Horizon 2020 is the EU’s flagship programme for science and innovation. The UK government is committed to ensuring that UK and EU researchers, universities and businesses will be able to continue to collaborate after EU exit.

The government’s priority remains ensuring the draft Withdrawal Agreement is finalised and concluded. This would ensure that UK entities’ right to participate in Horizon 2020 would be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for the lifetime of projects financed by the current MFF

This paper sets out how the UK government will seek to ensure collaboration continues through a variety of measures, the following of which are detailed below:

• Focussing on finalising and concluding the Withdrawal Agreement;

• The Underwrite Guarantee and the Post EU Exit Guarantee Extension, should this be required;

• Facilitating mobility for UK and EU researchers; and

• Looking beyond Horizon 2020 to UK participation in Horizon Europe and the future Euratom Research and Training (Euratom R&T) programme.

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