European Union

Wellcome is increasingly active in European Union (EU) policy. The EU supports science through:

  • legislation to regulate the research environment
  • funding opportunities
  • programmes to help cross-border collaboration.

Our work

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.

Data Protection Regulation

The European General Data Protection Regulation was agreed in April 2016 and took effect from 25 May 2018.

EU copyright law reform

The European Commission has published a proposal to update EU copyright law so that it applies equally across Europe and is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

EU medical devices regulations

The European Union is revising regulations governing the manufacture and sale of medical devices.


Report 15 November 2018 Updated 15 November 2018

Brexit and Beyond briefing

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Our recommendations on EU-UK science and innovation post-Brexit.

Report 3 October 2018 Updated 24 October 2018

Brexit and Beyond: case studies on EU funding

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Case studies on EU funding, including the areas of epigenomics, dementia, reputation and innovation.

Report 1 May 2018 Updated 23 May 2018

UK access to EU research framework programmes

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We look at how science should be included in the framework for a future EU-UK relationship.

More reports

Briefings and responses

Consultation response 1 May 2019 Updated 10 September 2019

Future frameworks for international collaboration on research

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Consultation response 1 January 2019 Updated 13 February 2019

Brexit, science and innovation: preparations for 'no-deal' inquiry

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Consultation response 1 November 2018 Updated 5 December 2018

Brexit: EU student exchanges and funding for university research

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