Under the horizon: Researchers frustrated by EU R&D snub

Brandon How

Australia is “missing an open goal” by not joining the European Union’s flagship research and innovation program, research and businesses leaders have warned while calling on a reluctant federal government to reconsider.

The leaders voiced disappointment after the Albanese government confirmed it has no plans to follow Canada and sign an agreement to join Horizon Europe as an ‘associate country’, even as other neighboring countries like Japan and Singapore also begin talks.

Australia’s current relationship with the €95.5 billion (A$153 billion) program allows researchers to join supported projects, but unlike the 19 countries that are associated, they aren’t guaranteed funding and can’t lead their own research projects.

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