UKRI & EU EXIT
If you are visiting this page to register onto UKRI’s Horizon 2020 portal please see: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/eu-grant/overview
For the very latest EU Exit news see here: https://www.ukri.org/research/international/ukri-eu-exit/latest-eu-exit-news/
UKRI has been working closely with UK government teams over the last two years to ensure that the UK maintains its status as a world-leader in research and innovation after the UK leaves the European Union.
The UK is a global research and innovation nation and its research base is a national asset. It has achieved this position by being open to the world and collaborating with research partners across the globe.
UKRI welcomes the UK government’s commitment of 21 June 2018 to attract and retain world-class talent with a £1.3 billion funding boost to guarantee the UK’s position at the forefront of innovation and discovery through the modern Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-new-funding-to-attract-worlds-best-in-science-and-innovation
As part of the UK’s commitment to supporting the best research talent, the UK government announced in July 2018 that EU nationals will remain eligible for research council studentships for the 2019/20 academic year on the same basis as is available at present. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-financial-support-for-uk-and-eu-students
Support and information
UKRI directly supports the UK research and innovation community through teams in London, Swindon, and Brussels, Belgium where it has two offices - UK Research Office (UKRO) and Innovate UK.
The Brexit fact sheet which is easily found on the homepage of UKRO’s website is regularly updated to provide helpful updates from the UK government: www.ukro.ac.uk
You can also find out more information about opportunities in your sector from your UK National Contact Point: www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/horizon-2020-business-grants-uk
Horizon 2020 funding and the UKRI Portal
Horizon 2020 is the largest ever European Union funding programme for research and innovation, focussing on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. Across the programme the UK ranks only second to Germany in terms of project participations with UK researchers and innovators awarded 13.4% of all funds – totalling around €5.9 billion to date.
Under the current agreements negotiated with the EU, the UK would continue to participate in the programmes financed by the current EU Budget until their closure. This means that all EU funded programmes, including Horizon 2020, would be fully funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.
However, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place the UK government has committed to guarantee funding for all successful eligible UK bids to Horizon 2020 submitted before the end of 2020.
In such a no deal scenario UKRI will manage delivery of the guarantee. All UK recipients of Horizon 2020 funding are invited to register their details onto our Horizon 2020 portal to ensure grant information is captured in case the guarantee needs to come into effect.
To register on the portal please see: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/eu-grant/overview
For more information on the government’s guarantee and extension for Horizon 2020 funding, please see: https://www.ukri.org/research/international/ukri-eu-exit/horizon-2020-governments-guarantee-and-extension/
This is the EU’s successor to Horizon 2020.
The UK government is considering association to Horizon Europe and wants the option to fully associate to the programme. The Government’s priorities are for the programme to focus on excellence, openness to the world and added value.
At the same time the government is considering alternatives to Horizon Europe as part of responsible planning, and to enable it to assess the value for money case for association. UKRI is playing an advisory role in that process.
UKRI welcomes the government’s decision to commission Professor Sir Adrian Smith to provide independent advice on the potential design of the future UK funding landscape in the context of the UK’s ambitions for international collaboration on research and innovation: www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-frameworks-for-international-collaboration-on-research-and-innovation-independent-advice
- I am a UK recipient of Horizon 2020 funding, should I register on the portal?
If you are a researcher in a University, you should contact the Grant Management Office at your university so that they can coordinate registration of grants.
If you are an employee in an organisation in receipt of a Horizon 2020 grant, we recommend that you nominate a single point of contact within your business/organisation to upload the information and manage the guarantee process in a no deal scenario. For many projects, the most appropriate person will be the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR) of each beneficiary/organisation.
- I am in a European university/business in a consortium with a UK entity, should I register on the portal?
No, the portal is for UK organisations currently in receipt of Horizon 2020 funding. If you are partnering with a UK organisation, please direct them to the portal for them to register.
- I am in a consortium with other UK partners. Do we all need to register?
All UK grant holders should work with their Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR)/Grant Management Office as appropriate to ensure that they are registered on the UKRI portal.
- I receive funding from other EU sources, can I register at this portal?
This portal is for UK organisations in receipt of:
- Horizon 2020 funding
- FP7 funding
- Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) funding
- Nuclear Fission Euratom R&T funding.
UK beneficiaries of RFCS funding should refer to fund-specific guidance here.
If you receive funding from another programme, please refer to the technical notice of your programme or contact the relevant government department.
- I have submitted an application which is yet to be assessed by the European Commission, should I register on the portal?
No. If you have submitted a bid to one of these calls before exit you should wait for the Commission’s response. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your proposal is evaluated as successful by the European Commission, your project will be covered by the government’s funding guarantee. As soon as you receive notification of success from the Commission you should contact UKRI directly.
UKRI will provide further information in due course about what you will need to do if you receive a notification from the Commission that it will not continue to assess your bid after Exit.
- What are the types of data I will be asked for?
You will be asked for basic data about your organisation and your project(s). This is so UKRI has a record that you are in receipt of a Horizon 2020 grant and can provide you with further guidance on how you can access funding via the guarantee for Horizon 2020 in a no deal scenario. Registration on the portal is simple, it takes about ten minutes to complete for each project. A bulk upload spreadsheet is available for those with multiple grants.
- Why do I have to provide my data?
Currently, Horizon 2020 grant agreements are between the European Commission and the beneficiary – this data is not held by the UK government or its partner organisations. To comply with data protection legislation, UKRI needs you to grant them permission to collect and then process your data for the purpose of administering the guarantee, if required.
- How will you use my data?
The data you provide to UKRI will be used to keep you updated with the process involved in delivering the guarantee. After uploading your data to the portal, UKRI will provide additional guidance about the next steps in the process in due course.
- How will the guarantee be delivered?
UKRI will be responsible for delivering the guarantee if required. We will be in touch with UK grant holders registered on the portal in due course, to set out the next steps needed to access the guarantee if it is required.
- Will UK beneficiaries be required to sign a new grant agreement with UKRI?
UK beneficiaries will be required to sign a contract with UKRI to access funding.
- What systems will UKRI use to deliver the guarantee?
UKRI will use its existing grant payment systems IFS and Je-S to deliver guarantee funding if it is required. Current domestic grant holders will know these systems and guidance will be provided for those who are not familiar with them.
- How will my project be monitored?
UKRI will monitor H2020 projects as per their usual processes. Please visit the links below for more information:
Beneficiaries should note that the European Commission will retain the right to audit ongoing Horizon 2020 projects in line with the H2020 grant agreement.