On behalf of the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, I am writing to offer support to the campaign to protect ERC funding in the EU budget. During these unprecedented times for our world, societies need high quality research and development more than ever. This will be critical for identifying effective responses to significant global events such as the climate emergency and COVID19. We know from decades of experience that the best research and development is borne out of deep collaboration across national boundaries. It is in this context that ongoing financial support for the European Research Council is critical at this time of global crisis.
Professor Crichton Lang
Principal and Vice-Chancellor