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NIB submission to inquiry into the implications of leaving the EU on UK science

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The National Institutes of Bioscience has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into the implications of leaving the EU on UK science and research.

The submission focussed on collaboration, free movement of people and access to funding.

Over 50% of the Institutes’ publications are a result of international collaborations and non-UK EU citizens make up a large percentage, in some cases up to a third, of the Institutes’ workforce. Science is an international activity and to continue to maintain the UK’s status as a world leader in science, research and innovation international links need to be maintained and strengthened. Funding from the EU makes up between 1 and 9% of individual institute’s annual grant income and in 2014/2015 totalled over £14M. NIB welcomes the safeguards for funding that have been brought in by the Treasury since the referendum, but stronger assurances of the UK’s future participation in and shaping of EU projects need to be made.

For the full NIB submission click here.