Scientists delighted as UK rejoins Horizon EU

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The Sainsbury Laboratory looks forward to once again accessing the prestigious and internationally competitive opportunities provided by the Horizon program.

The UK government confirmed today that researchers in the UK can begin applying for grants and participating in projects within the Horizon program after a three-year hiatus.

Following the post-Brexit disassociation with the EU's research and development program, Horizon Europe, the UK missed out on the opportunity to host nearly 400 prestigious European Research Council (ERC) grants.

The Sainsbury Laboratory looks forward to being able to fully participate in the ‘Champions League’ of research again and the powerful research collaborations Horizon EU facilitates. Four of our Group Leaders have won several ERC grants in the past - representing about 15 million euro in total research funds - and this continues to be a source of great pride for our institute by validating our ability to compete at an international level.

We believe that rejoining Horizon EU is a great step forward in helping the UK retain and attract the best researchers, and will enable UK science to truly be ‘world-leading’

Executive Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory, Prof. Nick Talbot says: "The Sainsbury Laboratory welcomes the UK government's confirmation that our researchers can now rejoin the Horizon program. TSL’s scientists have a proven track record in securing ERC grants and we eagerly anticipate full participation in this prestigious program again. The UK’s ability to compete at an international level and to attract more top researchers will enable even more breakthroughs in UK science.”