London working on Horizon alternative

UK ministers are working on a domestic alternative to the EU’s €95 billion Horizon Europe research project. [Shutterstock / Mongkolchon Akesin]

UK ministers are working on a domestic alternative to the EU’s €95 billion Horizon Europe research project if the European Commission continues stalling approval on the UK’s associate membership of the programmes.

The European Commission has conditioned its approval to the resolution of disagreements over the Northern Ireland protocol.

Ministers are understood to be working on a British Discovery Fund, which would utilise the funds that London had allocated to its contribution to the Horizon Europe, Copernicus, and Euratom research funding programmes. Brexit minister David Frost has warned in recent weeks that the UK could choose to walk away if the Commission continues to stall.

However, there is recognition that a domestic programme would not fully replace the lost funding from the EU programmes.

(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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