Scientific research programmes funded by the European Union

FOI request reference: F0045362
Publication date: April 2016

Request:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am conducting a study on British scientific research programmes funded by the European Union.

“Scientific research” is to be intended in a broader sense, thus including researches conducted, for example, by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to know the following:

How much money your Department has been sending each year to the European Union to fund research during the last 10 years.

The amount of money your Department has been providing to the European Union for “Horizon 2020”, “Cosme”, the Consumer Programme, the “3rd Health Programme”, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel, the Justice programme and the Promotion of agricultural products; since those programme’s beginning.

The amount of money your Department has received from the European Union to fund research and innovation programmes and, if possible, a list of those programmes.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I’d like to receive the information in excel format.

Your earliest reply to this matter, within the limits of time stated under the Freedom of Information regulations, would be appreciated.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me so I can refine it.

Outcome:

Partially successful/information not held

Response:

Thank you for your enquiry of 1st April 2016, in which you asked for the following information regarding EU funding received by The National Archives

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds some information relevant to your request.

We are pleased to be able to provide some of this information to you.

We have broken your request down into the three points below:

  1. How much money your Department has been sending each year to the European Union to fund research during the last 10 years.

The National Archives has not funded any European Union research during the past 10 years, therefore we do not hold the information you have requested.

  1. The amount of money your Department has been providing to the European Union for “Horizon 2020”, “Cosme”, the Consumer Programme, the “3rd Health Programme”, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel, the Justice programme and the Promotion of agricultural products; since those programme’s beginning.

The National Archives has not provided any funding to the European Union for the programmes listed, therefore we do not hold the information you have requested

  1. The amount of money your Department has received from the European Union to fund research and innovation programmes and, if possible, a list of those programmes.

Since 2006 The National Archives has received funding from the European Union, to fund research and innovation in relation to two programmes. More information can be found below:

Planets

Awarded in 2006-10 total value £338,572: http://www.planets-project.eu/about/

LAPSI

Awarded in 2013-14 total value £13,153: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/legal-aspects-public-sector-information-lapsi-thematic-network-outputs

For clarification, you specified in your request that you are interested in British scientific research programmes funded by the European Union and asked us to include specific research councils. From our knowledge the funding of the research councils mentioned within your request are not funded by the European Union. These Councils are sponsored by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. For this reason they have not been included within the scope of your FOI request.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or the decision which has been reached, you have the right to ask for an internal review.  Internal review requests must be submitted within two months of the date of this response and should be addressed to:

Quality Manager
Public Services Development Unit
The National Archives
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Surrey
TW9 4DU

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