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H2020 Applications After EU Exit

New UK Bids to Horizon 2020 submitted after EU Exit

This page is for UK applicants who are planning to submit a bid to Horizon 2020 (H2020), after EU Exit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place. In this scenario, successful eligible UK bids submitted to Horizon 2020 after Exit and before the end of 2020 will be funded through the government’s guarantee extension which will be delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will become a ‘third country’ participant in Horizon 2020 at point of Exit. As a third country, the UK would be able to bid to and participate in the majority of collaborative Horizon 2020 calls.

Please be aware that third country participants in H2020 cannot access certain calls, including:

  • Mono beneficiary schemes within the European Research Council, Marie SkÅ‚odowska-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

Your National Contact Point (NCP) can help clarify whether the call you wish to bid to is open to third country participation. Further guidance on third-country participation in H2020 is also available from the UK Research Office (UKRO).   

If you submit a successful bid to a H2020 call that is open to third country participation after EU Exit and before the end of 2020, your project will be funded for its duration through the guarantee extension.            

Next steps

 

STEP 1: Identify eligible calls

  • As a third country, the UK would be able to participate in the majority of collaborative Horizon 2020 calls.
  • Your National Contact Point (NCP) can help clarify whether the call you want to bid to is open to third country participation. 

 

STEP 2: Submit an application

  • Submit your bid to H2020 in line with any call-specific requirements.

 

STEP 3: Wait for notification of outcome from the Commission

  • If you are notified of success you should proceed to sign a Horizon 2020 grant agreement if invited to do so by the European Commission.

 

STEP 4: Accessing the Guarantee Extension

Once you have your grant agreement from the European Commission, revisit this page where you will find up-to-date information on how to access the government’s Guarantee Extension. 

  • In order to receive guarantee payments, you’ll need to provide UKRI with documents that evidence your grant award.
     
  • Higher Education Institutes will need to upload documents through Je-S. Businesses, charities and other organisations will need to upload documents to the Innovation Funding Service (IFS). Research Fund for Coal and Steel grant holders will upload documents through IFS.

The documents you will need to provide will vary depending on your organisation type – please see the relevant checklist below. For grants awarded through European Partnerships, the documents may differ from these lists.  Please refer to our partnership page for specific details. 

 

Higher Education Institutes Checklist:

Signed Grant Agreement including Annex 1 (‘Description of action’) and Annex 2 (‘Estimated budget for the action’)

 

Completed UKRI cost conversion tool (this will be available on the UKRI website)

Businesses/Charities/ Other Checklist:

Signed Grant Agreement including Annex 1 (‘Description of action’) and Annex 2 (‘Estimated budget for the action’)

 

Completed UKRI cost conversion tool (this will be available on the UKRI website)

Bank details

Company address

Companies House registration number

Redacted bank statements

 

STEP 5: Payment Process

  • UKRI will use its existing payment processes to deliver Guarantee extension funding
  • Payments will be made in pounds sterling (£) and a cost convertor tool will be provided by UKRI
  • HEIs claims will be submitted through Je-S and payments made on a quarterly basis
  • For businesses and other organisations, payments will be made through IFS on a claims basis in line with UKRI’s business as usual processes for its domestic grants. 

This payment schedule is different from the European Commission’s schedule. If you have any questions, please email EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org