Commenting on the publication of the Government’s Future Partnership Paper on Collaboration in Science and Innovation, techUK CEO, Julian David said:
“Cross border collaboration in science and technology are not just important to academia, they are fundamental to UK tech businesses. The UK is a world leader because it is at the cutting edge of innovation, but that relies on developing research, partnering with experts across the world and ultimately bringing new ideas to market.
“Continuing UK participation on EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and the development of space technologies is hugely beneficial to our economy. The Government is right to say that everything should be on the table to allow this collaboration to continue. That should include being willing to commit to ongoing payments in order to be able to participate in these European programmes. Such an approach would be right for our economy both now and for the future.
“While the Government’s approach is the right one, the urgency of securing an agreement on future collaboration cannot be under estimated. These are long term research projects with long planning phases, without certainty for businesses and institutions of the UK’s role post March 2019 we are already at risk of UK companies losing out.”