The Science and Technology Select Committee ensures that government decisions are based on expert advice and solid evidence.
In response to their inquiry on science, innovation and Brexit, the CBI submitted evidence calling for greater certainty about the UK’s future involvement in EU programmes.
The CBI's evidence contained concerns and recommendations from both members ane European business federations, including:
- that EU Framework Programme funding is often committed over longer time periods than domestic funding, which provides certainty and stability to support businesses’ own investments
- that some UK sectors rely solely on the EU for innovation support, as UK innovation support covers a less comprehensive range of areas.
- that the continuation of research collaborations between UK and European businesses has been put into doubt due a lack of clarity on the UK’s future relationship with the EU Framework Programmes
- that businesses in the EU recognise the contribution of British industry and academic research to European R&D
- that uncertainty about the UK’s future participation in the EU Framework Programmes is now starting to affect investment decisions.
CBI Head of Innovation and Digital Felicity Burch also attended the select committee’s evidence session.