Pioneer plan to support UK research if Horizon Europe talks fail 13 Apr 2023
While the UK science sector remains committed to association with the international research programme Horizon Europe, the British government has announced its own alternative, which would be implemented if negotiations falter.
The Pioneer prospectus is designed to support UK research and innovation and provide confidence and security to researchers and companies. The opinions of stakeholders are being sought on the Pioneer proposals. If Pioneer is actioned, it will receive the £14.6 billion backing that would have been paid for association to Horizon Europe between 2021-2027.
Following an introductory meeting with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on 4 April 2023, Science and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan said that Horizon Europe was the preference, but she stressed that association must be on fair and appropriate terms.