Researchers need certainty on scientific collaboration between the UK and EU.

Science has been a key success of the EU and must remain a priority to keep Europe competitive. International collaboration makes science stronger and we should not let Brexit disrupt this.

Researchers need a long-term solution to allow them to continue working together on the big challenges our societies face, transforming peoples’ lives for the better. It’s essential that politicians quickly find a way to keep this collaboration as easy as possible.

We call on the EU and the UK to sign a research and innovation agreement as soon as possible. This should include:

  • A commitment by European countries to work together to make the European Research Area a world leader in science;

  • Full researcher mobility between the UK and the rest of Europe for all levels and career stages;

  • A commitment to collaboration, including UK associate membership of Horizon Europe;

  • Co-operation on regulations that support science.


Sign our petition to show that science is stronger with international collaboration.


Thank you from the petition organisers: EU-LIFE, EuroScience and Wellcome.

Thank you for your support, Sarah Rappaport from BE
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This petition should be directed to the UK government, who should take the lead to clearly define its position in many aspects after post Brexit relationships. Collaboration in science and inclusion of the UK as a member of Horizon Europe, should only be considered after agreement on other fundamental rights and financial commitments.

Why people sign

  • 19 min. ago

    The collaboration between scientists from different countries is of crucial importance for the progress of Europe.

  • 1 h. ago

    I am an early career researcher whose future job stability feels very uncertain. I have been employed on two EU grants to date and a lack of clear alternatives is worrying. Whilst the uncertainty is worrying, even more so is the potential barriers that could arise in doing collaborative research with researchers across the EU. Working on mobile marine species in the North East Atlantic requires cooperation and communication across EU states, and joint funding bids should play a huge part of this.

  • 1 h. ago

    I work at a university and am employed to foster relationships between academe and industry. Europe is a vital source of funding for this. I am also a Horizon 2020 Evaluator, where I feel i am making a valuable contribution.

  • Sarah Jones RH, Glasgow

    1 h. ago

    There is much more potential for scientific progress when people work together

  • 2 h. ago

    i'm a scientist

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