Who: Horizon 2020 & Scientists:
"Horizon 2020 is the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe from 2014-2020, with a budget of €77 billion. Over the next two years (2016-2017), the European Commission, under Horizon 2020 (the European Union’s research and innovation funding scheme), will invest just under €16 billion in research and innovation.(1)
“Scientists from fields as diverse as neuroscience, astronomy, robotics, immunology, particle physics, sustainable agriculture, molecular biology, nanotechnology, cancer and photon therapy say a “Brexit” would lead to funding cuts, make recruiting and retaining top academic talent harder, and – crucially – cripple the cross-border collaboration on which research thrives."(2)
THE CASE FOR A #FREEBRITAIN
"Britain's £4.7bn science budget has been frozen in cash terms for the past five years and has slumped to a level well below that of most of our industrial competitors, including Germany and the US, yet we continue to hear that without the EU is funding we wouldn’t be able to keep our already poorly funded science budget. I say if we leave the European Union we will be able to better fund our science industry, as at the moment we get less than half the money back that we give to the European Union. We could use some of that extra money to invest in our university, science and medical research."
Steven Woolfe MEP