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Petition Prioritise full association with EU scientific programmes post-transition

Full association with EU scientific programmes, including Horizon and ERASMUS+, must be a transition negotiation priority. We believe that development of UK-only equivalent schemes is now impossible and departure catastrophic.

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EU programmes fill gaps in UK budgets, addressing areas from regional disparity to blue skies research and ease flexibility building vital networks for knowledge exchange. This, and the ability to lead EU projects, ensures that UK science is internationally competitive. These schemes are not easily duplicated and uncertainty is already harming the UK’s research attractiveness. COVID-19 has shown innovation's need for international collaboration. Less than full participation will harm UK science.

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