05 Nov 2019
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (5 November) commented on Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s Changes and Choices report on the design of future UK funding schemes for international collaboration, innovation and research.
Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“Given there is a near-consensus that the UK should associate to the Horizon Europe programme in the 2020s I would hope that the contingency plan contained in the report remain just that. Our focus should shift to how we can supplement participation in Horizon Europe with a long-term step change in the UK’s investment in research and innovation, that goes beyond the 2.4% of GDP in the report, aiming instead for a more ambitious 3% target that matches key OECD competitors.
“The report’s focus on ensuring that the post-Brexit ‘Shared Prosperity Fund’ is fully aligned with the research and innovation agenda - and genuinely fills the gap left by European structural funds - is crucial. We now need a commitment from all parties in their election manifestos to really shift the gear in relation to this essential investment in our future prosperity.”