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EU Exit Ineligible Projects

The UK government has committed to fund all successful competitive UK bids submitted to Horizon 2020 before the UK leaves the European Union (EU), even if the outcome is not known until after EU Exit. This also applies to Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS), Euratom Research and Training grants and ongoing Framework Programme 7 (FP7) grants

However, when the UK leaves the EU, it is no longer a member state and becomes a ‘third-country’. This means that under Horizon 2020 rules, a small portion of UK participants may no longer be eligible to participate in some collaborative Horizon 2020 projects.

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.

It is important that grant holders continue to comply with their grant commitments unless they hear otherwise from the European Commission. You should not take any actions to terminate your European Commission grant agreement.

If you receive notification from the European Commission that your project cannot continue you will need to contact UKRI: EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org

When the UK leaves the EU

In the event of a no-deal, the European Commission may terminate UK grants that no longer meet the Horizon 2020 eligibility requirements. This includes having the correct ratio, or minimum requirement, of Member States or Associated Countries. For example:

  • Collaborative grants that require a minimum number of Member States/Associated Country participants
  • Grants that are open exclusively to Member States, e.g. some space and security projects.

Mono-beneficiary grants covered by the Guarantee are assumed to be able to continue independently of Horizon 2020. If you are a mono-beneficiary project that may not be able to continue please see the guidance below.

The process


This is a standalone case-by-case assessment. You will be asked to demonstrate that you can continue to deliver your research independently of Horizon 2020. An assessment will then be carried out by UKRI to gauge whether each project can continue. If the project is deemed feasible to continue as a standalone project, it will receive the Guarantee funding for the lifetime of the project. Funding will be capped at the remaining value of the original grant award. The payments would be administered by UKRI under the standalone terms and conditions in the Guarantee process. More details to follow.


This step is only relevant for projects that have been deemed unable to continue as a standalone.

If it is not possible to continue with your research as a standalone project, then you will enter the Non-Viable Projects Process (NVP Process). This process allows beneficiaries to claim funding to cover their committed costs associated with closing the project down.

Committed costs will be capped at the remaining value of the original EU grant. UKRI will carry out a committed cost assessment which, once completed, will be approved and paid to the beneficiaries by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

If your project moves to step two, a committed claims form will be made available by UKRI.

If you have any further questions about this process, please e-mail UKRI at EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org.