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Horizon Europe delays are the latest blow politics has dealt research

The progress of research into robots to investigate flooded underground mines should have very little to do with international politics. But as Research Professional News has revealed, British geologist Stephen Henley’s team of researchers has been working for free since January on a project with European partners, due to ongoing delays to the UK associating to the EU’s Horizon Europe R&D programme. 

Henley’s company was set to receive €96,000 (£76,000) this year from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, but funding has been blocked until the UK’s association is complete. The EU has suggested that this step, which would grant the UK near-full access to the R&D programme, will not be possible until a long-running dispute between the two sides over Northern Ireland is resolved. Given the scale of the impasse, Henley is questioning how long his team can remain part of the project.

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