Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

Horizon 2020 is the next seven-year funding programme for research and innovation which will run from 2014 to 2020.

If you are a business in the East of England and would like more information to access this funding click here.

The East of England is home to World Class Science and Research.

The energy innovators on our coastline are pioneering new wind, wave and the next generation of nuclear power. We are home to two agri-tech clusters at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, and Rothamsted, the world's oldest agricultural research centre. There is the biotech cluster around the home of Glaxo Smith Kline in Hertfordshire and the outstanding aerospace & industrial research taking place at Cranfield University. The University of Essex is a leading centre for data related digital innovators.

We are also home to Cambridge, which is Europe's fastest growing tech cluster. Cambridge has 15 home grown firms valued at $1 billion or more; this is two more than London. We also have world leaders in bio-tech, agri-tech and digital innovation. Of the 200,000 local jobs over 20,000 are in biotechnology alone.

I was the UK's only MEP to be involved in the Horizon 2020 £70 billion program for Science and Research, in which more UK based scientists took part than from any other country. This programenables British scientists to work easily across Europe and further afield, sharing ideas  and knowledge, and helping to drive innovation. Researchers take part in these collaborative networks, not just because of the money, but because it makes it easier for them to share ideas and find solutions. Evidence shows that where scientists collaborate together in their research   they are likely to have a greater impact. In a post-Brexit relationship, the number one priority     for researchers and innovators is to keep the free and easy exchange of knowledge, skills and talent. Continuing collaborative research with those in other countries is critical to the ongoing success of British research.

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My Political Priorities

Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care and improved lifestyles for all our families.

Strong security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.

I care about the Countryside and the Environment and making sure that rural and urban communities flourish.