The Institute of Cancer Research, London, today responds to the publication of the Government’s policy paper on its objectives for reaching an agreement with the EU on science and innovation. The paper is intended to encourage discussion with the EU about how we will continue to work together in research after the UK leaves the EU.
Professor Paul Workman, Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: “We welcome the news that the UK Government has indicated that it would continue to pay into the EU science budget after we leave the EU. This recognises not only the financial benefits of EU research funding but, perhaps more importantly, how these grants foster cross-border collaborations and provide access to shared facilities and expertise across the continent.
“Cancer doesn’t recognise borders and neither should science. If the UK is to remain a world leader in cancer research and science generally, we now need greater clarity on how the UK will be able to continue to attract and retain the brightest and the best scientists from the EU, and elsewhere.”
Read the Government's policy paper – Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper.