The summer break is getting ever closer in the calendar and the first six months are drawing to a close. The time has come to look a little bit ahead so that when our invigorated and refreshed selves return to the office in time for the next semester we know where to get started and how to get up to cruising speed again. First of all, the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme committees will start looking in more detail at the next work programme (WP, 2018-2020) and also making adjustments to the 2017 WP. Therefore, the SDU background group members will be hard at work providing qualified input to the official Danish position on the work programme. Itâ€™s a very important job, as this is the primary opportunity for SDU to affect the direction of European research.
In the wake of the British decision to leave the the European Union one of the million questions are what will happen to existing projects and proposals in the making where UK partners are involved. Here Iâ€™ve quote the Horizon 2020 Financial Helpdesks initial reaction:
"On the 23 June 2016 the UK held a referendum on whether to remain part of the EU. The results of this referendum showed a vote to leave by a small margin."
What happens now?
One of two things can happen:
- The UK Parliament can agree and start negotiating to leave the EU
- The UK Parliament can disagree and either outright ignore the result or request another referendum
Letâ€™s assume for the moment that the UK does indeed leave the EU, what will this mean for the EU projects? Firstly, there will be no difference for projects that have signed Grant Agreements. In addition, there is a 2-year period where the UK Government negotiates with the EU some sort of association agreement. During the negotiations, the UK remains a member on exactly the same terms as today.
In short, do not panic. Letâ€™s wait and see what the UK Parliament will do.
We will keep you updated.
Apart from what the Brits are up to - what is â€œeverybodyâ€ talking about and what do I see on the horizon?