He wrote on Twitter: “If the EU decide Northern Ireland Protocol politics stops UK joining Horizon Europe, we have a bold Plan B!”
He was responding to British Science writer Ehsan Masood, who earlier posted: “This looks pretty big. Horizon Europe has started. How long will @beisgovuk and UK science agencies wait before they can start talks to join?
“Or go with Plan B – create a bespoke international collaboration fund?”
The UK does have a smaller existing fund for international collaboration on science and innovation.
The Fund for International Collaboration (FIC) is a £160million fund supporting international collaboration.
It boosts the UK’s ability to build new, and strengthen existing, partnerships with global research and innovation leaders – and has already supported more than 30 international collaborative programmes of research, innovation and infrastructure.