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Scotland is a winner in EU research funding

Universities and businesses in Scotland is set to receive nearly £1.2 billion of pounds of research funding under the EU’s current research programme, new analysis has shown.

Official figures published this week show that Scotland has received over £201 million from the EU science fund since 2014, and is set to receive a total of £1.2 billion by 2020 if the UK votes to remain in the EU.

The funding allows scientists and businesses in Scotland to work together with partners across Europe to make major scientific breakthroughs, boosting jobs and the local economy.

The EU’s Horizon 2020 programme is the world’s largest ever international research programme, with a budget of £64bn running from 2014-2020

Figures published by the European Commission show universities and businesses in Scotland have received £201,107,249 from Horizon 2020 since 2014. 

Key areas of research include the development of new industrial technologies, new cures to deadly diseases and tackling climate change. Over thirty projects across the UK are being funded into cancer research, for example.

Professor Sir Harry Burns, former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and member of the Scotland Stronger In Europe Advisory Group, said:

“Scotland is a clear winner when it comes to European research funding – it is a major gain of our EU membership, which we can only secure by voting Remain on 23 June.

“This drives cutting-edge research into new technologies and medical treatments, which has a major positive knock-on impact on the economy.

“A vote to remain in Europe will secure this vital funding and enable our universities to carry on leading the way.”