Belfast Telegraph

EU research needs to continue, urges CBI

By Sam Lister

Universities must remain part of European Union research programmes after Brexit to keep them at the top of international league tables, business leaders will warn.

EU projects account for around a sixth of research funding in the UK and replacing them "would be a real challenge", according to the CBI.

It is calling on ministers to secure permanent associated country status for Britain as well as an increase in research funding from government.

Overseas staff should be allowed to stay and foreign students applying for courses in the run-up to Brexit given permission to complete their courses, whatever the outcome of the negotiations between the UK and Brussels, CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn will tell the Universities UK annual conference.

She will say: "Today EU schemes make up a sixth of our total research funding.

"Replacing that would be a real challenge. But this isn't just about money, it is about international leadership and giving the UK a voice in setting standards.

"Domestic research spending is not yet high enough. We are significantly behind China and Japan on levels of spending."

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