"We share the Prime Minister's ambition to build on the UK's position as science and research superpower. This welcome announcement will help attract research stars to the UK. We look forward to working with the government on the detail to ensure that our universities remain as attractive as possible to international talent, and that the benefits are felt across the UK.
"The commitment to complete the evaluation of all European Research Council funding applications submitted before the date of Brexit is to be welcomed. This is something which Universities UK has been urging government to do as a priority and will ensure that outstanding proposals which might otherwise have fallen by the wayside receive funding. We estimate these grants could be worth around £600million to UK researchers."