Engaging in Europe showcases the UK’s contribution to research within Europe through leadership and collaboration. The report looks forward to an even more integrated approach to research and innovation collaboration across the continent in the future.
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “This report highlights the important role the UK plays in groundbreaking collaborative work with European partners. We want the UK to be the best place in the world to undertake research, develop new products and commercialise innovations. “The new Horizon 2020 programme represents a huge opportunity for the UK and our research base to have an even greater impact. I have no doubt that our expertise will ensure that we are able to maintain this momentum, breaking new ground and retaining our position as a world leader for innovation.”
Professor Paul Boyle, RCUK International Champion, said: “The Research Councils have been active in Europe for many years and the launch of Horizon 2020 is a timely occasion to mark our significant contribution to European research. RCUK welcomes Horizon 2020 and the opportunities it brings for supporting collaborative research in – and beyond – Europe. Complementary funding at a national and European level enables us to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s major research challenges in an agile and flexible manner.”
The report also celebrated 30 years of the UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels which promotes effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities. UKRO’s 30th anniversary celebrations will include a high-level reception in Brussels and the UKRO Annual Conference in June.