Brexit and the EU

We're working with the UK government and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

Our position

Knowledge and understanding don’t stop at borders. Nations will always achieve more together than separately, whatever the legal agreements that exist between them.

So we’re asking for a Brexit settlement in which:

What we’re doing

We want to help achieve a Brexit settlement that supports scientific excellence, international cooperation and collaboration.  

Future Partnership Project

Both the UK and EU have been positive and ambitious about working together on research and innovation after Brexit. 

Together with the Royal Society, we’ve launched the Future Partnership Project. We’re asking individuals and organisations from across the UK and EU for their recommendations about how future research and innovation partnerships should work in practice. 

We’re looking for input from anyone with experience of, or expertise in, international research partnerships.

If you’d like to be involved:

The final recommendations will be published in spring 2018.

Timeline of key dates


Spring 2018


October 2017

September 2017 

August 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

January 2017


More information

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Stuart Pritchard


European Union

The European Union supports science through legislation, funding opportunities and programmes to help cross-border collaboration.

Influencing policy

Science policy affects a broad range of issues, ranging from data sharing and gene editing, to intellectual property and regulation.

Research environment

The UK has a world-leading research environment.

Reports and consultations