The Westminster Government published a future partnership paper ‘Collaboration and science innovation’ on 6th September 2017.
The website states ‘This paper outlines the UK’s objectives for an ambitious science and innovation agreement with the EU. It sets out examples of where the UK sees potential mutual benefit in a close working relationship, exploring precedents for each. The paper invites discussion with the EU on how best to shape our future partnership in this area.’
Looking at the UK’s ambition for future partnership with the EU, the report states ‘…the UK will seek an ambitious science and innovation agreement with the EU that will support and promote science and innovation across Europe both now and in the future’.
It goes on to say that ‘the scope of the agreement shoud be broad and make room for new areas of research’.
On Horizon 2020 the report states ‘..the Government has committed to undrwrite bids for Horizon 2020 projects submitted while the UK is still a member of the EU.’
The report notes the two main mechanisms by which non-EU countries can participate in H2020 – by either associated country status or automatic third country status.
Associated countries do not have a formal vote on the work programme; whilst third countries can participate in some parts of the framework programme, but they are not eligible for EU funding and usually fund their own partiicpation.