Evidence session on Horizon 2020 after Brexit

05 December 2018

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council at UK Research and Innovation, Dr Beth Thompson MBE, Head of UK & EU Policy at the Wellcome Trust and Ms Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International.


The Sub-Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK's future participation in the EU's student exchange and university research funding programmes: Erasmus and Horizon. The Government is committed to participating in these programmes until the end of their current phases in 2020 but what form the UK's future association with these programmes will take after 2021 remains unclear. This evidence session will focus on the short and long-term implications of leaving the EU for the UK's participation in Horizon 2020 and its successor programme.


Wednesday 5 December 2018, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 9.40am

  • Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Research and Innovation
  • Dr Beth Thompson MBE, Head of UK & EU Policy, Wellcome Trust
  • Ms Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International

Possible Questions

  • What would be lost to the UK if it does not secure full association with the EU's Horizon programmes?
  • What impact is the current lack of certainty on future association with Horizon having on UK research and innovation?
  • How will the Government's guarantee to underwrite successful funding bids work in practice?
  • What should be the key priorities for Government action in the event of 'no deal'?
  • If there is no deal, will there be a large increase in the number of applications for national funding schemes?
  • How important is the movement of people across the UK-EU border for UK research?

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