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IFST responds to the Collaboration on Science Innovation – A Future of Partnership Paper

The Government has published its broad ambitions for science and innovation research post-Brexit in its policy paper Collaboration on science and innovation – a future partnership paper.

While the paper describes some of the existing partnerships and mechanisms for collaboration, it is lacking in detail on the proposed relationship for EU collaboration in the future.

Also, food science research is not explicitly mentioned in the paper, nor was food a key challenge area outlined by the Government for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

IFST supports the general ambitions outlined in the partnership paper, in particular the stated intent:

• To ‘seek an ambitious science and innovation agreement within the EU that will support and promote science and innovation across Europe both now and in the future’, and

• To ‘continue to welcome the brightest and best’ to work in UK science, despite the current freedom of movement arrangement ceasing to apply.

IFST encourages the Government to provide clarity on how it intends to achieve these ambitions, beyond the promise to honour current commitments to the Horizon 2020 programme, and in particular to:

• Recognise the importance of food science research to the UK economy

• Outline specific measures that it wants to include in the agreement that will support food science research, international  collaboration and access to research for our universities and industries.


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