Brexit and science funding
One of the figures bandied about by the Leave campaign and in particular by the strangely litigious group that calls itself “Scientists for Britain” (which has only six members that I know of, not all of them scientists) is that the EU is not important for British science because it only funded 3% of UK R&D between 2007 and 2013). They’ve even supplied a helpful graphic:
The figures are taken from a Royal Society report and are, as far as I’m aware, accurate. It’s worth noting however that the level of funding under the FP7 “Framework Programme” which funds research is much smaller than the current Horizon2020 programme.
However, as Stephen Curry has pointed out in a typically balanced and reasonable blog post, the impact of a BrExit on UK science is much more complex than this picture would suggest. I want to add just…
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