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UK universities are getting a helping hand from their German counterparts as they climb aboard Horizon Europe, after two years taking part as an outsider.

Since the start of Horizon, researchers based in the UK have been able to apply to most calls and join consortia as if the country were fully associated, except with funding provided by their home government.

Under the terms of a deal on full association agreed this month, from 1 January 2024 researchers in the UK will be treated like those from European Union countries – although some details, such as their access to calls on security-related technologies like quantum computing, must still be agreed among member countries.

At a meeting in Hamburg, representatives of Russell Group universities sat down with their research-intensive counterparts in the German U15 grouping, with the aim of smoothing the former’s return to Horizon.

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