Russell Group welcomes decision to extend Horizon Europe Guarantee

19 December 2022

Reacting to the announcement by the Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that it would be extending the Horizon Europe Guarantee scheme by a further three months to support UK Horizon Europe applicants, Joanna Burton, Policy Manager at the Russell Group, said:

“The Horizon Europe Guarantee has allowed UK researchers to participate fully in the Horizon Europe programme, with more than £500m of grants secured to date, so the decision to extend the Guarantee further is welcome news.

“It is vitally important that the UK is able to engage in European Research Council calls and that support is also available for other research collaboration, innovation, and network activities with our key partners on the continent. The flow of people and ideas facilitated by Horizon Europe is a key underpinning for our science superpower ambitions and all the benefits these bring.

“We hope the EU will acknowledge that this latest 3-month extension shows the UK Government and science community remain committed to full association and the benefits it will unlock for all parties.

“Extending the guarantee not only provides reassurance to researchers but also keeps the window for association open and allows the UK and EU the time needed to resolve their differences. There is a huge amount of goodwill from the science and research communities on both sides and we hope to see association completed as early as possible in 2023.”