CaSE response to the announcement of the Science and Technology Framework
06 Mar 2023
Today the Government announced its Science and Technology Framework which highlights 10 actions it will centre on. CaSE responds to the announcement.
Prof Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering
“The Science and Technology Framework is an important piece of work, informed by the R&D community, that sets out how Government can achieve a step change in UK prosperity and wellbeing through science and technology. That same R&D community are as one in calling for the UK to associate to European research programmes. Yet the Government have struck a notably lukewarm tone in recent days as barriers to association have been lifted.
“Association to Horizon Europe will accelerate achievement of the 10 priorities the Government has set today. It does not preclude an ambitious global position for the UK in research and innovation, but in fact enhances and enables it. So I encourage the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State to leave aside reticence and to use the coordinating power of the new Department to expedite agreement on UK’s research relationship with Europe that will underpin the global success of the Framework they have published today.”
Today the Department for Science Innovation and Technology (DSIT) have published their proposed alternative to Horizon Europe, Pioneer.
CaSE’s initial response to the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt’s, Spring 2023 Budget.
The Government has published the findings from the Nurse Review which highlights recommendations to improve the research landscape to deliver on the Government’s R&D ambitions.
Following the agreement in principle reached by the UK and EU regarding the Windsor Framework, representatives of the UK, Irish and wider European research, innovation and business communities have signed a joint statement urging rapid progress on UK association to EU programmes, including Horizon Europe, Copernicus and Euratom.