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Are you an EU grant holder with a question? If so email EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org

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  

Huge boost for UK researchers and businesses – Update 9 August 

The UK government has pledged further support for UK researchers and businesses, including a shake-up of the immigration rules to attract international science and research talent. 

There had been concern about whether applications submitted to Horizon 2020 ‘mono-beneficiary’ schemes before EU Exit would be assessed but on 8 August the UK government confirmed that if the European Commission ceases assessing the application in the event of a no deal Brexit the bids will still be reviewed. UKRI would step in and manage the independent assessment of these proposals and additional government funding would be made available to support top projects for their duration.  

More detail can be found here.

Additionally, the government has announced that the Home Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is developing a new fast-track visa route designed to attract elite researchers and specialists. This includes abolishing the cap on Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas and expanding the pool of UK research institutes and universities able to endorse candidates. 

For further details on the government announcement see here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-sets-out-vision-to-cement-uk-as-a-science-superpower

The news comes after Chris Skidmore, the then MP, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation announced in July that the UK will continue to offer support for postgraduates from the EU in the 2020-21 academic year. 

Extension to Article 50 - Update 22 July 2019 

During the Article 50 extension period, the UK will remain an EU member state, with all the rights and obligations that entails. 

This means that the UK will continue to participate in all EU programmes, including Horizon 2020 and the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). 

UK researchers, and businesses, remain eligible to bid for all Horizon 2020 calls, and the Commission has advised evaluators that bids assessed in this period should not be evaluated ‘any differently than before’. 

Project activity should continue in line with the existing terms and conditions set out in any EU grant agreement and grant holders should not terminate their agreement with the EU.  

The government’s Horizon 2020 funding guarantee 

The government’s Horizon 2020 funding guarantee still stands. 

An update to the Horizon 2020 No Deal Technical Notice has been published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal 

The government has previously been clear that:

  • Third Country participants in Horizon 2020 are eligible to coordinate projects and the guarantee/extension will cover the costs of UK project coordination. 
  • Funding provided to recipients under the guarantee can be used in line with existing arrangements, for example to procure goods or services outside of the UK, provided this is currently permitted. 
  • UK beneficiaries of Horizon 2020 funding should continue to register on the UKRI portal. 

UKRI needs all grant holders with a current Horizon 2020 or Research for Coal and Steel Fund grant to register onto UKRI’s Horizon 2020 portal. 

We would appreciate the community’s support in spreading the message about our portal. If you have access to communication networks, please feel free to use the following quote: 

Anne Dixon, UKRI Head of Operations, said: “Whatever the timescales of the UK’s exit from the EU, we are continuing to prepare for all eventualities. 

“UKRI would like to thank the research and innovation community for their efforts to register their Horizon 2020 grants onto UKRI’s portal and encourage people to continue to register details of any new successful grants onto the portal. We encourage all those who haven’t registered so far to do so as soon as possible. UKRI can keep the portal up to date so we can contact grant holders if the guarantee needs to comes into effect.” 

If you haven’t registered your details with UKRI, please do so now. Please note this is for UK grant holders only: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/eu-grant/overview 

Next steps and FAQ 

UKRI will use the details provided by grant holders through the Horizon 2020 portal to contact beneficiaries with information and actions required to access guarantee funding if the guarantee needs to come into effect. 

Please refer to the following Q and A. If you have any questions that are not answered here please email: EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org 


I am a UK recipient of Horizon 2020 funding, should I register on the portal? 

If you are a researcher in a University, you should contact the Grant Management Office at your university so that they can coordinate registration of grants. 

If you are an employee in an organisation in receipt of a Horizon 2020 grant, we recommend that you nominate a single point of contact within your business/organisation to upload the information and manage the guarantee process in a no deal scenario. For many projects, the most appropriate person will be the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR) of each beneficiary/organisation. 

I am in a European university/business in a consortium with a UK entity, should I register on the portal? 

No, the portal is for UK organisations in receipt of Horizon 2020 funding. If you are currently partnering with a UK organisation, please direct them to the portal for them to register. 

I am in a consortium with other UK partners. Do we all need to register? 

All UK grant holders should work with their Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR)/Grant Management Office as appropriate to ensure that they are registered on the UKRI portal. 

I receive funding from other EU sources, can I register at this portal? 

This portal is for UK organisations in receipt of Horizon 2020 and Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) recipients only. 

UK beneficiaries of RFCS funding should refer to fund-specific guidance here

If you receive funding from another programme, please refer to the technical notice of your programme or contact the relevant government department. 

I have submitted an application to European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and SMEi grants which is yet to be assessed by the European Commission, should I register on the portal?   

No. If you have submitted a bid to one of these calls you should wait for the Commission’s response. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your proposal is evaluated as successful by the European Commission, your project will be covered by the government’s funding guarantee. As soon as you receive notification of success from the Commission you should contact UKRI directly.  

UKRI will provide further information in due course about what you will need to do if you receive a notification from the Commission that it will not continue to assess your bid after Exit. 

What are the types of data I will be asked for? 

You will be asked for basic data about your organisation and your project(s). This is so UKRI has a record that you are in receipt of a Horizon 2020 grant and can provide you with further guidance on how you can access funding via the guarantee for Horizon 2020 in a no deal scenario. Registration is simple, it takes about ten minutes to complete for each project. A bulk upload spreadsheet is available for those with multiple grants. 

Why do I have to provide my data? 

Currently, Horizon 2020 grant agreements are between the European Commission and the beneficiary – this data is not held by the UK government or its partner organisations. To comply with data protection legislation, UKRI needs you to grant them permission to collect and then process your data for the purpose of administering the guarantee, if required. 

How will you use my data? 

The data you provide to UKRI will be used to keep you updated with the process involved in delivering the guarantee. After uploading your data to the portal, UKRI will provide additional guidance about the next steps in the process in due course. 

Delivery of the guarantee 

UKRI will be responsible for delivering the guarantee if required. We will be in touch with UK grant holders registered on the portal in due course, to set out the next steps needed to access the guarantee if it is required. 

Will UK beneficiaries be required to sign a new grant agreement with UKRI? 

UK beneficiaries will be required to sign a contract with UKRI to access funding. 

What systems will UKRI use to deliver the guarantee? 

UKRI will use its existing grant payment systems IFS (innovation Funding Service) and Je-S to deliver guarantee funding if it is required. Current domestic grant holders will know these systems and support will be provided for those who are not familiar with them. 

Further information 

Click here for further information on Horizon 2020 government’s guarantee and extension

The Brexit fact sheet which is easily found on the home page of UK Research Office’s website is regularly updated to provide helpful updates from the UK government: www.ukro.ac.uk 

You can also contact your UK National Contact Point about opportunities in your sector: www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/horizon-2020-business-grants-uk 

If you have any further questions please contact: EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org