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UK firms gain access to European supercomputer funding

The UK has joined a European scheme granting businesses and researchers access to supercomputer resources and funding.

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC) is a collaborative programme of 35 countries, offering access to facilities as well as enhanced access to funding, provided by Horizon Europe.

The UK joined Horizon Europe in September 2023 after three years out of the programme following the European referendum.

Under the bespoke deal given to the UK last year, it already had access to the EuroHPC supercomputers for research purposes, however, British businesses and researchers can now access the Horizon Europe-funded portion of the EuroHPC, worth over £770m.

“I have made it my mission to unleash the benefits of AI for the British public and supercomputers are essential tools that our best and brightest researchers need to deliver breakthroughs that will grow the economy and improve all our lives, from healthcare to energy security,” said Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan.

“This deal will only strengthen the UK’s science and tech superpower credentials, by giving our scientists and businesses even greater access to a leading network of expertise and powerful computing systems from Finland to Portugal.”

The European supercomputer grants require match-funding from the UK on a “case-by-case basis”.

In March, the UK joined the European Chips Joint Undertaking, which offers Horizon Europe-backed funding for semiconductor businesses and researchers.