Horizon Europe guarantee scheme: UKRI guidance

Details of the guarantee funding scheme for the first five waves of successful applicants to Horizon Europe.

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The government has guaranteed funding for eligible, successful applicants to Horizon Europe who are unable to sign grant agreements with the EU prior to formalisation of the UK’s association to the programme.

The funding will be delivered through UK Research and Innovation.

This publication provides guidance on:

  • eligibility for the guarantee scheme
  • scope of the scheme
  • how to apply

Discuss this guidance



  • 6 March 2023
    Summary of changes: The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) extension of the guarantee to cover successful UK applications to all funding opportunities with EU final deadlines up to 30 June 2023; portability of European Research Council grants to the UK where the grant agreement has been signed but no spend incurred, see question 56 for details.
  • 17 February 2023
    Summary of changes: ERC Consolidator 2022 grants opened 7 Feb 23; MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 opens 28 Feb 23; Funding routes close on Je-S for MSCA and Citizens 2021 grants on 1 Mar 23; ERC Starting, Consolidator and Advanced 2021 grants close 30 Mar 23; Grants hosted on IFS now have 2 sets of terms and conditions depending upon the signature date or deadline of the Horizon Europe call.
  • 19 December 2022
    Summary of changes: 1. BEIS extension of the guarantee to cover successful UK applications to all calls with EU final deadlines up to 31 March 2023. 2. Terms of guarantee (page 6 of guidance): additional notes on associated partner obligations. 3. Revision to IFS post-award monitoring: see revised Q&A question 8 for details.
  • 5 December 2022
    Moving ERC grants UK-UK research organisations process (q61); MSCA project partners clarification (q70); MSCA PF changing UK based host or supervisor processes (q75, q76); MSCA PF career development plan clarification (q79); MSCA DN clarification on mobility rule (q82); MSCA Staff Exchanges and CO-FUND updates (q83 to q87).
  • 5 December 2022
    Next steps for those mistakenly applying as Associated Partners (q25); Submitting the start confirmation on Je-S (q45); Latest start dates for ERC and MSCA guarantee grants (q46); Reallocation of budget under Je-S headings (q50); Clarification of Researchfish for joint proposals (q51); Reporting for ERC/MSCA collaborative grants (q52); ERC Starting grants 2022 call process (q56).
  • 5 December 2022
    Wave three of guarantee route on IFS announced and ERC Starting 2022 and Synergy 2022 calls opening on Je-S 14th December 2022; Further clarification of when change to Associated Partner is needed; KICs - 2022 opportunity closing on 31 January 2023; FX rate refresh (q12); Update on acknowledgement of funders (q23); Overseas Territories clarification (q24).
  • 3 November 2022
    Je-S guidance updates: Changes to grants: once active (q45), start dates (q43) and incurring costs (q43). Researchfish reporting (q46). MSCA: eligible costs (q57); additional allowances (not originally applied for) (q59, q60); consortia project partners (q62).
  • 3 November 2022
    Q&A updates: Costs for personnel based outside UK are included in guarantee funding (q2). Acknowledging UKRI funding (q23). If a UK partner can’t complete their part of a multi-beneficiary project, funding may be transferred to another institution (q.30). Cascaded funding: cannot be held or administered by Associate Partners (q31). ERC: Overseas teams planned costs covered (q52).
  • 3 November 2022
    General updates: Applications must be made as ‘beneficiary’ to receive funding. EURATOM Research and Training 2021 call is also covered by the guarantee. Lump sum model will still be funded on a quarterly basis.
  • 6 October 2022
    Update to the third paragraph of question 8, providing clarity on the Je-S post award monitoring.
  • 1 September 2022
    The guarantee date has been updated to cover all Horizon Europe calls with a final submission date on or before 31 December 2022. Multiple changes have been made across the document to reflect this. The guarantee extension also includes 2023 costs for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Knowledge and Innovation Community activities delivered by UK participants.
  • 12 August 2022
    New content: Grant portability and moving tasks to UK partners. Applying for Global Talent visas using EU award letters. Removed requirements to split student costs to a separate training grant for ERC grants.
  • 18 July 2022
    Additional missions calls added to scope of guarantee. Provisional launch timings for additional MSCA calls announced (MSCA Staff Exchanges and MSCA CO-FUND. Revision to Innovation Funding Service Independent Accountant Report thresholds. Additional Q&A on eligibility of reserve list applications. Additional Q&A on operational costs for EIT-KIC Co-Location Centres.

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