IChemE welcomes government announcement that the UK will be associating with Horizon Europe

IChemE welcomes government announcement that the UK will be associating with Horizon Europe

7th September 2023

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has welcomed today's announcement that the UK government has agreed a new bespoke deal to associate to the European Union’s key funding programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe.

In a statement, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that UK scientists can now confidently take part in the world’s largest research collaboration programme, encouraging researchers to apply for grants and bid to take part in projects under the Horizon programme from today. Horizon will give UK companies and research institutions unrivalled opportunities to lead global work to develop new technologies and research projects, in areas from health to AI.

Horizon Europe facilitates alliances between researchers and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. By supporting climate change research, the programme helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as well as boosting the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

Prior to Brexit, the UK was a leading player in the Horizon Europe programme, binding together research teams from across the continent, therefore the new deal has been welcomed by leading academics, scientists and policy makers.

Nigel Hirst, IChemE President, said:

“World-leading research relies on the talent of specialist teams who often span borders. Expert researchers in the field of chemical engineering continue to produce results that improve the profession’s efficiency, effectiveness and safety in topics ranging from materials processing, pharmaceutical engineering and heat transfer. Research has already enabled our profession to help address the challenges facing society, and the UK’s renewed association with the Horizon Europe programme ensures that we can, once again, access funding and pool our resources to make even more progress moving forward.”

Recognising the importance of research, IChemE facilitates a Research and Innovation Community of Practice, an international group of members who collaborate to build networks, knowledge and skills in research and innovation, engaging with research policy to advance the chemical engineering profession.

To highlight the latest results in research, IChemE publishes Chemical Engineering Research and Design, a journal published monthly alongside special issues published on key topics on a regular basis.


Horizon Europe Programme

IChemE Research and Innovation Community of Practice

IChemE journal – Chemical Engineering Research and Design


For more information please contact: 

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org   

Ann Baylis, Communications Executive & PR Lead, IChemE 

t: +44 (0) 1788 534477

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