Horizon Europe: help for UK applicants


Why apply for Horizon Europe funding

Horizon Europe is an EU research and innovation programme. It has a budget of €95.5 billion and runs until 2027.

If you’re a UK-based researcher or innovator, you can apply to most Horizon Europe funding opportunities on the same terms as EU-based applicants.

Reasons to apply for Horizon Europe research and innovation funding.

The UK’s association to Horizon Europe

In January 2021, the government announced that the UK will associate to Horizon Europe.

While the EU is in the process of formalising the UK’s association to Horizon Europe, UK-based applicants can continue to apply. You do not need to wait for the EU to formalise association.

Find out more in the European Commission Q&A on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe.

Funding support during the delay to association

If the delay to the UK’s association continues, the UK government has confirmed successful Horizon Europe applicants will receive funding regardless of the outcome of the UK’s efforts to associate with Horizon Europe. This is being delivered by UKRI.

As of April 2023, UKRI has awarded more than £1 billion to UK-based researchers and innovators through the guarantee scheme.

This applies to all Horizon Europe competitions with a final deadline date on or before 30 September 2023, where the delay to UK association to the programme may prevent them from signing grant agreements.

We have developed a process to enable successful applicants to access their funding under the guarantee. If you have been successful, you can find full details on which funding calls are included and step-by-step instructions on how to access your guaranteed funding.

UKRI is providing funding, advice and guidance during the delay. See how we are addressing the impact of the Horizon Europe association delay: what we are doing to support you.

Funding available

In summary, Horizon Europe funding is available for:

  • excellent research in any field
  • researcher mobility
  • research infrastructure
  • global challenges and industrial competitiveness including:
    • health
    • culture, creativity and inclusive society
    • civil security for society
    • digital, industry and space
    • climate, energy and mobility
    • food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment
  • innovation
  • the development of the European research and innovation systems

Horizon Europe delivers funding opportunities through dedicated work programmes. Find out more about the work programmes under Horizon Europe (European Commission).

Find out about applying for Horizon Europe funding.

Guidance and help

As a UK applicant, help is available so you can make the most of Horizon Europe.

Find out where to get guidance and help.

More about Horizon Europe

See the official web pages for Horizon Europe (European Commission).

Last updated: 8 June 2023

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