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Plan B research funding: Turning adversity into opportunity

  • 29 September 2022
  • By Marco Cavallaro
  • HEPI number Policy Note 38

In Horizon Europe and Plan B research funding: Turning adversity into opportunity (HEPI Policy Note 38), Marco Cavallaro of the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Switzerland argues full association with Horizon Europe remains preferable but provides a checklist for making Plan B work, including:

  • incentivising the participation of less well-resourced UK universities in European research and innovation, for example through staff exchange schemes;
  • allowing greater freedom for individual researchers to devise their own research topics, rather than funding pre-defined projects;
  • co-funding schemes between the UK Government and the private sector for applied research projects;
  • minimising bureaucracy with short and simple applications; and
  • encouraging reciprocal collaborations with EU partners by requiring multi-country stakeholders in research projects.

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