How the UK has worked with the European Union on research projects

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The UK science sector has participated in a number of EU-wide research and funding schemes, including Horizon 2020.

What has been the result of this collaboration?

Here are some key Horizon 2020 statistics – the spending framework for the EU’s 80 billion euro research budget for 2014-2020:

-The UK received £1.52 billion of European Research Council income, more than any other country and a fifth of the total

– Seven EU countries – Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium – and Switzerland, are among the UK’s top 10 international collaborators

– The UK receives more excellence-based funding from Horizon 2020 than any other country

– 33.5% of UK research papers are co-authored with other EU and associated countries, compared with 17.6% with the USA

– The UK co-ordinates more Horizon 2020 projects than any other nation and is involved in more collaborations than all countries except Germany

– Cure rates for British children with leukaemia are being improved as a result of the IntReAll project involving researchers from Germany and the University of Manchester

– Clean buses with zero emissions operate in London and Aberdeen because of the UK’s participation in hydrogen fuel cell projects funded by the EU

– European Research Council (ERC) research brought jobs to Merseyside with Unilever relocating 80 staff as part of a multimillion-pound investment in a materials chemistry hub with the University of Liverpool

– The world’s largest nanoparticle manufacturing plant in Nottingham was opened by spin-out company Promethean Particles as a result of ERC-funded research

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