Horizon Europe Program in the Context of the EU and UK

During a press conference in London on 12 February 2024, both EU and UK officials actively encouraged scientists to engage with the Horizon Europe research program.

The Horizon Europe program, designed to drive research and innovation forward, is equipped with a substantial budget of € 95.5 billion. As part of its involvement, the United Kingdom is expected to make a yearlyc ontribution estimated at € 2.43 billion.

Since 1 January 2024, the UK has formally re-entered Horizon Europe as an associated country, thereby allowing its research community to participate in the European Union's research and innovation program. The UK's re-engagement with Horizon Europe marks a critical step in maintaining collaborative research and innovation ties with the EU.

Unfortunately, challenges with European researchers facing visa issues and higher costs in the UK were highlighted by British officials.

Iliana Ivanova (Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth) warned that UK visa procedures might hinder the full benefits of Horizon participation. Her comments highlighted the need for simplifying visa procedures, emphasizing a call for reforms aimed at making collaboration easier and more effective.

In contrast to that, British Science Minister Michelle Donelan denied claims of recruitment challenges for the UK, highlighting the project's support for scientific, innovative, and business interests that contribute to the nation's economic growth and development. She emphasized the positive feedback from individuals who have chosen the UK and mentioned that the UK is open to collaborating with the EU on other projects on a case-by-case basis.


Date: 28/02/2024 | Tag: | News: 1553 of 1573
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