After Brexit Vote, British Share of E.U. Science Funding Declined

October 17, 2019

The United Kingdom’s share of European Union research funding has fallen by 28 percent since 2015, before voters in Britain approved a referendum to exit the E.U., according to a newly published analysis of the impact of Brexit uncertainty on British science from the Royal Society, a leading scientific group.

The analysis found a 39 percent reduction in U.K. applications for the E.U.’s Horizon 2020 grants and a 35 percent reduction in the number of scientists coming to Britain through the E.U.'s prestigious Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship program.

“We have seen a dramatic drop in the number of leading researchers who want to come to the U.K.,” Venki Ramakrishnan, the president of the Royal Society, said in a statement. “U.K. science has also missed out on around 0.5 billion euros [about $641 million] a year because of the uncertainty around Brexit. The potential paralysis of a no-deal Brexit and the current state of chaos are hurting U.K. science and that is hurting the national interest.”

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