The government has today set out its vision for the UK’s future science and innovation relationships with EU partners in its paper, Science and innovation: a future partnership paper.

The paper outlines the government’s intention to seek to agree, through full and open discussion, a far-reaching science and innovation agreement with the EU that establishes a framework for future collaboration, for the benefit of UK and European prosperity. 

Responding to the position paper, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says:

"As negotiations between the UK and the EU continue, I very much welcome the positive and open tone of the government’s science and innovation position paper. It is right to highlight the fact that EU support has significantly contributed to the development of the UK’s globally excellent and highly productive research and innovation base."

"I am also pleased that the paper recognises the deep value that the UK derives from its research and innovation collaborations with EU member states, and that maintaining and strengthening these partnerships is a clear priority for the government. 

"Research and innovation are increasingly international endeavours conducted by highly skilled people who work with partners around the world. They are addressing global challenges and achieving positive outcomes that are shared across the world. The UK engineering community is committed to building on its international reputation and collaborating with colleagues from Europe and beyond to accelerate innovation that is of value to wider society." 

Notes for editors

  1. Working with the UK professional engineering organisations, the Royal Academy of Engineering compiled a report Engineering a future outside the EU: securing the best outcome for the UK, which was published in October 2016.

    A further report, EU funding in UK research and innovation, was published in May 2017. Jointly commissioned from the Technopolis Group by the UK’s four national academies – the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, it analysed where EU funding goes, what kind of activities it supports and what other investment it attracts.
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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