UKRI & EU EXIT
31 January 2020
The European Union’s (EU) Framework programmes covering research and development have always been a major source of funding for UK researchers and innovators. The UK remains the second highest recipient of funding from Horizon 2020.
UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in and lead projects in Horizon 2020, Euratom Research and Training, and the Research Fund for Coal and Steel, as if the UK remained a Member State, even now the UK has left the EU.
The Withdrawal Agreement states that the UK can participate in EU Programmes financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure. Horizon 2020 is a Programme funded under the current MFF.
UK recipients will receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual projects, including projects finishing after the transition period ends in 2020.
A very limited number of UK Horizon 2020 projects, which involve access to security-related sensitive information restricted for EU Member States, may be unable to continue after EU Exit in their current form. The government expects the European Commission to inform participants if this is the case. To account for this, the government and UKRI, has established a ‘Continuation Process’. This will provide funding to UK beneficiaries if their Horizon 2020 grant is terminated by the European Commission due to EU Exit.
Any affected UK grant holders should contact UKRI at EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org
New Horizon 2020 bids
UK organisations are encouraged to continue to bid into calls for Horizon 2020, Euratom Research and Training, and the Research Fund for Coal and Steel until the end of the programme, as if the UK remained a Member State, even now the UK has left the EU. You can read more about Horizon 2020 funding and how to apply here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/horizon-2020-what-it-is-and-how-to-apply-for-funding
It should be noted that there may be some exceptions regarding access to blended finance for EIC Accelerator and the 'InnovFin' product range, as well as any restrictions resulting from security concerns raised during the European Commission’s security scrutiny process. We are seeking clarification from the European Commission.
The funding Guarantee and UKRI’s portal
The funding Guarantee and Guarantee Extension that UKRI was planning to deliver for government in the event of a no deal EU Exit is no longer required. Grants should no longer be registered onto UKRI’s portal. UKRI would like to thank all UK grant holders who registered.
If you have submitted a bid to the mono-beneficiary elements of the European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skƚodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) and European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator (formerly known as SMEi), the European Commission will continue to assess it according to the standard process and notify you of the outcome. If your bid is successful, you will receive grant funding from the European Commission for the lifetime of the project.
These so-called ‘in-flight’ bids, bids that are under assessment by the European Commission or where the assessment was not completed before EU Exit, will continue to be assessed by the European Commission.
The priority continues to be securing the best outcome for UK research and innovation and creating the best possible environment for collaborations and international partnerships to flourish. This includes a mutually beneficial future relationship with the EU in science and innovation.
The Political Declaration agreed with the EU in October 2019 demonstrates a shared intent between UK and EU leaders to agree a framework that supports collaboration in science and innovation.
It also makes clear the UK’s intention to associate to the Euratom Research and Training Programme.
If you have any questions about an ongoing project, please contact your UK National Contact Point (NCP) for advice.
UKRI’s UK Research Office in Brussels has a factsheet at www.ukro.ac.uk
For further questions email: EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org