It’s a relief’ that UK scientists have been given a £17 million lifeline as the EU threatens to ban them as a result of the Brexit vote.


It’s a relief’ UK scientists have been given a £17 million lifeline as the EU threatens to ban them as a result of Brexit.

RESEARCHERS IN THE UK have been given a lifeline after the EU’s Horizon Europe program dropped the UK. Twelve projects were given £17 million to collaborate with international partners.

Experts have told This website that they are “relieved” to see the UK get the ball rolling on overseas collaborations, despite the fact that it is a drop in the ocean compared to the EU’s £80 billion fund.

It comes after Britain was kicked out of Horizon Europe, the EU’s flagship research and innovation project, and told it wouldn’t be able to rejoin until Brexit issues are resolved.

Even though the UK’s participation was a requirement of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, this tough stance was taken.

Britain will also be included in the project, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The UK was supposed to contribute £15 billion over seven years so that scientists could get funding and collaborate with other EU members.

With the delays inflicting minute-by-minute pain on British experts, Science Minister George Freeman reassured that a “bold Plan B” was being drafted as a backup.

There have been concerns that if the new Brexit Minister, Liz Truss, is unable to reach an agreement with the EU on the Northern Ireland protocol and fishing licenses, Horizon Europe will be ruled out permanently.

However, Mr. Freeman now appears to be laying out the red carpet for British scientists.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has funded 12 projects with a £17 million investment.

Each brings together some of the world’s most prestigious research institutions from the United Kingdom and around the world.

They plan to use the funds for cutting-edge research and to make significant advancements in the technological and engineering fields.

Manufacturing by design is being led by Prof Philip Withers of the University of Manchester, in collaboration with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France.

The EPSRC awarded £1.6 million to the project.

“The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) has just undergone a €150 million upgrade, making it probably the most advanced X-ray facility in the world,” he told this website.

“We will be able to conduct some of the most advanced experiments to understand manufacturing processes and the behavior of manufactured components ever undertaken by having a team based in Grenoble and collaborating directly with the ESRF.”

Prof. Withers and his colleagues were relieved to find out.

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