Research and development is an area in which the EU and member states cooperate in order to develop a more effective policy. Scottish universities, which have been a source of national pride for centuries, have flourished in this framework.Read more
The Erasmus Student Exchange Programme is one of the most high profile examples of the success of open EU borders, and one in which Scotland is heavily involved.
Scotland's universities have received huge amounts of EU funding (far more than our population share alone would entitle us to) because of the excellence of our scientific research. Just one example is that within the last five years, the Human Genetics Unit and Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh has been awarded, or collaborated in, European grants with a value of €15.9 million. These have been used to investigate melanoma (skin cancer), gene regulation and novel drug development. EU funding is helping Scottish scientists to continue Scotland’s tradition of world-leading research into public health.
Access to such funding is clearly of major benefit and encourages international collaboration which would not be as effective if Scotland were to withdraw from the EU. For more information click here.
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Did You Know?
Since January 2014 Scottish universities successfully secured over €110 million from the EU funded Horizon 2020 research programme. Between 2007 and 2014, Scottish organisations secured €572 million to support Scotland's world leading science.