Magazine article Times Higher Education

'Associated Country?' How Might the UK Join the EU Research System Post-Brexit?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

'Associated Country?' How Might the UK Join the EU Research System Post-Brexit?

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What the UK can learn from examples of non-EU nations in Horizon 2020. John Morgan and Ellie Bothwell report

After the Brexit vote, Universities UK's board immediately set a priority of lobbying the Westminster government to negotiate "associated country" status in European Union research programmes in the event that the nation does leave the bloc.

But is associated country status a second-best option? And what can the current associated country examples teach the UK?

The 15 non-EU member nations that take part in Horizon 2020, the EU's current framework programme for research, as associated countries include states that are within the single market as participants in the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or European Free Trade Area (EFTA) and subscribe to freedom of movement, along with countries that remain outside the single market and do not have freedom of movement with the EU. …

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