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S5W-15576: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 23 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much the EU provides to support mental health research in Scotland, and what additional funding the Scottish Government can provide to support such research following Brexit.

Answered by: Shona Robison 18 April 2018

The Scottish Government does not hold data on EU funding of specific clinical research areas.

We welcome confirmation of the UK Government’s plans to continue to participate in EU science and innovation programmes. However, as set out in Scotland’s Place in Europe, we firmly believe that the best way to guarantee EU funding is by maintaining our existing relationship with the EU. Scotland, the UK and EU partners all benefit from EU research funding programmes and collaborative working and continued access to funding at levels at least equivalent to those currently available under current EU programmes (e.g. Horizon 2020) will underpin research partnerships and collaborations with European partners in key areas such as mental health research. There is a risk that diminished international competitiveness and influence of the Scottish health research sector, coupled with exclusion from collaborative networks with others in the EU, may reduce the attraction of Scotland to potential collaborative partners outside the EU. We will continue to engage with the UK Government to ensure that Scotland’s views regarding access to EU funding and programmes are reflected in any negotiations.