Whatever your view of the outcome of the referendum, you probably agree that the campaigns were threaded through with misinformation and confusion. We might hope that we are past that point, but as the debate about how we will negotiate the UK's exit from the European Union (EU) develops we are being exposed to more and distractions and disingenuous public statements.
A considerable amount of research funding comes to the UK from the EU through the Horizon 2020 (H2020) scheme . This programme is providing over 80 billion Euros in grants over the period 2014 to 2020 and is envisioned as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs within the EU's member nations. The stated aim is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
The chief beneficiaries of H2020 grants are research institutions (universities and independent research organisations) and the R&D arms of large companies , however there is a goal that 20% of the monies will go to small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).