UKRI has been working closely with UK government teams over the last two years to ensure that the strength and reputation of UK research and innovation continues to deliver as 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 in attracting and investing in the best minds and skills in students, researchers, professional and technical experts and academics.

UKRI welcomes the UK government’s commitment to attract and retain world-class talent with £1.3 billion funding to guarantee the UK’s position at the forefront of innovation and discovery through the modern Industrial Strategy:

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.

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.

This Brexit fact sheet from UKRO is regularly updated to provide helpful updates from the UK government:

Click here for the latest news on EU Exit.

Horizon 2020 funding and the UKRI Portal

This European Union flagship programme focuses 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 14% of all funds – totalling around €4 billion.

As we exit the EU, the UK government is underwriting all eligible grants for UK grant holders until the end of 2020. UKRI launched an online portal in September 2018 to ensure grant information is captured in case UKRI needs to deliver the underwrite guarantee.

To register on the portal please see: 

For more information see our information on Horizon 2020 extension.

Horizon Europe

This is the EU’s successor to Horizon 2020. The UK government has said it would like the option for the UK to associate to these research and innovation programmes.

This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.