UKRI & EU EXIT
The EU’s Framework programmes covering research and development have always been a major source of funding for UK researchers and innovators. In the event of a no-deal exit from the EU, the UK government has made several key pledges that support the UK research and innovation community’s continued involvement in Horizon 2020 (H2020). UKRI will deliver these commitments for the UK and is working closely with the university and business communities to explain how in practice these will work. For more detailed information on this please see our Preparing for EU Exit page.
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
There are three components to support continuity of funding:
- The H2020 Guarantee. This covers the continuation of funding for all eligible grants that grant holders are currently receiving funds for, as well as grants submitted before EU Exit but where it is not known yet or until after EU Exit that the grant has been successfully evaluated by the Commission. The European Commission is expected to continue evaluating eligible H2020 bids from the UK submitted before EU Exit, as is normal for third-countries. The UK’s status as a third-country in Horizon 2020 in a no deal is automatic. All H2020 Guarantee funding is for the lifetime of the grant as awarded. Please note that after the UK leaves the EU UK participants can continue to submit proposals to H2020, but these will be on a third-country basis, because the UK will no longer be a Member State.
- The H2020 Guarantee extension. This covers all successful bids made after EU Exit on schemes that the UK can bid for in its new status as a third-country. It excludes UK participation in certain schemes where there are restrictions on third-country participation. For example, it excludes mono-beneficiary schemes under the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the SME Instrument (now known as European Innovation Council Accelerator) and a small number of security-related programmes that are restricted to Member States. H2020 Guarantee extension funding is for the lifetime of the grant as awarded. Further guidance on third-country participation to the H2020 programme is also available from UKRO and the National Contact Points – see contacts below.
- Submitted but with assessment not yet completed. Some H2020 proposals from the UK will be under consideration at the time the UK exits the EU. Of these, all eligible proposals that are subsequently successfully evaluated by the Commission are covered under the UK government H2020 Guarantee. If the European Commission stops evaluating UK bids that have been submitted before EU exit but where assessment has not yet been completed to the mono-beneficiary elements of the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator (formerly known as SMEi), then UKRI will take over the independent assessment of these proposals using similar criteria to the existing EU schemes. Additional UK government funding will be made available to support successful bids. This is a separate commitment to the Guarantee. Funding is for the lifetime of the grant as awarded. These proposals to mono-beneficiary schemes are termed ‘in-flight’. Applications must have been submitted before EU Exit to be considered for independent assessment by UKRI.
The H2020 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.
Funding is not currently available to directly replace those mono-beneficiary schemes that open after EU Exit that are not covered by the extension to the Guarantee.
- Mono beneficiary schemes within the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the SME Instrument (now known as European Innovation Council Accelerator)
- A small number of security-related calls that are restricted to Member State access
UKRI continues to play a full role in advising government and providing evidence and analysis on the potential impact of EU Exit, future opportunities and the research and innovation community’s engagement with a wide range of international partners to secure the best outcome for the UK.
There are other domestic options available for schemes that support the recruitment of talent. For example, the UK Government outlined in June 2018 a £1.3 billion investment, including £900 million for the new flagship UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, which is open to the best researchers from around the world.
UKRI is ready to deliver the Guarantee if it comes in to effect and will continue to prepare for all eventualities on behalf of the UK’s research and innovation community to ensure you have up-to-date information and support. Please keep an eye on the Preparing for EU Exit page for up to date information:
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.
As named participants of eligible successful bids, UK Linked Third Parties would also be eligible for UK funding under the guarantee and the extension to the guarantee, should the EU funding cease. If you are a UK Linked Third Party on an ongoing Horizon 2020 grant and you are linked to a beneficiary based in the EU, you should register on the UKRI portal.
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.
Please also refer to the information on our Preparing for EU Exit page for actions you need to take to prepare to receive guarantee funding.
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