Don’t count your re­search cash

THE (Times Higher Education) - - NEWS -

The UK will “not nec­es­sar­ily” con­tinue to be part of the Euro­pean Union’s Hori­zon 2020 re­search pro­grammes after Brexit in March 2019, the Euro­pean Uni­ver­sity As­so­ci­a­tion has ad­vised its mem­bers. The EUA says in re­cently pub­lished fre­quently an­swered ques­tions on Brexit and univer­si­ties that the UK would, in prin­ci­ple, be able to par­tic­i­pate in fu­ture re­search pro­grammes as an as­so­ci­ated coun­try as well as Eras­mus. But on the ques­tion of whether the post-Brexit UK will con­tinue in Hori­zon 2020, the cur­rent re­search pro­gramme and Eras­mus+, the EUA’s brief­ing says: “Not nec­es­sar­ily. Both pro­grammes are part of the Set­tle­ment of Ac­counts (or Brexit Bill), which will be dealt with early in the ne­go­ti­a­tions. If the UK agrees that it has com­mit­ted to pay into these pro­grammes un­til the end by agree­ing to the 2014-2020 EU bud­get, it will con­tinue to both pay and ben­e­fit.”

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