UKRI & EU EXIT
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is delivering specific aspects of the UK government’s no deal planning for leaving the European Union (EU) and has been working closely with government teams over the last two years to ensure the UK maintains its status as a world leader in research and innovation.
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 UK government news visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-participation-in-horizon-2020-uk-government-overview/uk-participation-in-horizon-2020-after-brexit
The EU’s flagship Framework Programmes have been a major important source of funding for UK research and innovation over many years. In the event of a no-deal exit from the EU, UK government has made several key pledges to ensure the continued involvement of the UK research and innovation community in H2020 as far as possible. UKRI will deliver these commitments for the UK.
There are three components:
- The Horizon 2020 Guarantee. This covers the continuation of funding of all ongoing eligible grants and successful bids from UK researchers and innovators submitted to the H2020 programme before EU Exit, even if outcomes of proposals are not known until after EU Exit. All H2020 Guarantee funding is committed for the lifetime of the project. On leaving the EU, the UK becomes a non-Member State and a ‘third-party country’. The European Commission is expected to continue evaluating eligible Horizon 2020 proposals submitted before EU Exit, as normal with third party countries.
- The Horizon 2020 Guarantee extension. This covers all successful bids submitted to H2020 after EU Exit that the UK is eligible to bid for in its new status as a non-Member State and third-party country. Funding would be committed for the lifetime of projects. The Guarantee extension excludes UK participation in the mono-beneficiary schemes - the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the SME instrument, now known as EIC Accelerator – and a small number of security-related programmes that are restricted to Member States.
- The independent assessment of ‘In-flight’ applications to mono-beneficiary elements of the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the EIC Accelerator (formerly SME Instrument). This comes into effect if the European Commission stops evaluating UK bids to these mono-beneficiary schemes that are submitted before EU Exit. In this case, UKRI will take over the independent assessment of these proposals and additional UK government funding would be made available to support successful projects for their duration.
The Horizon 2020 Guarantee and extension also apply to Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS), Euratom Research and Training grants and ongoing Framework Programme 7 (FP7) grants.
UKRI has launched a portal to ensure that UK grant holders have access to information about delivery of the guarantee. All UK organisations and individuals who currently hold a Horizon 2020 grant or a grant from any of the programmes listed above are encouraged to register: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/eu-grant/overview
Please remember to register any grants you hold, including EDCTP2, EMPIR and EIT-KIC’s grants. UKRI will use the details you provide to contact you with information on the actions you need to take to access guarantee funding if it is needed.
UKRI also has a special email address for inquiries: EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org
Additionally, the UK government’s Horizon 2020 Fact Pack can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-participation-in-horizon-2020-uk-government-overview/uk-participation-in-horizon-2020-after-brexit
UKRI’s UK Research Office in Brussels has a factsheet at www.ukro.ac.uk
For information about opportunities in your sector visit your UK National Contact Point (NCP): https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/horizon-2020-business-grants-uk?_ga=2.45694496.586054893.1570452752-608000227.1546869180