UKRI & Europe
The government’s Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap
New plans to cement the UK as the world’s leading research and science superpower have been set out by the UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma.
The Research and Development Roadmap, published on Wednesday 1 July, puts pursuing ground-breaking research, attracting global talent, and cutting unnecessary red tape at the forefront of the government’s long-term plan to ensure the UK is the best place in the world for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to live, work and innovate.
To learn more about the announcement visit the dedicated page on gov.uk
Information about COVID-19
- COVID-19 is impacting all of society including the research and innovation community.
- UK recipients of Horizon 2020 funding should continue to comply with the terms of their Grant Agreement if possible. If you need further guidance on this or other COVID-19-related queries, please visit the European Commission’s COVID-19 page.
- It’s important that researchers and scientists intending to submit a new bid to a Horizon 2020 call over the coming months are aware that the European Commission has extended call deadlines. You can find more information on the European Commission’s Funding and Tenders Page.
- We continue to encourage UK organisations to bid into calls for new Horizon 2020 grant funding for the lifetime of the Horizon 2020 programme and, if successful, funding will be provided by the European Commission. This includes any Horizon 2020 calls under the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) even if they extend into 2021, after the transition period has ended.
UK participation in H2020
UK participants continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual Horizon 2020 projects, including projects finishing after 31 December 2020 when the transition period ends.
This means that UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in and lead Horizon 2020 projects and apply for Horizon 2020 grant funding. This includes the Green Deal. Information on UK participation in the Green Deal
UKRI encourages UK organisations to continue to bid into calls for the lifetime of the Horizon 2020 programme and, if successful, funding will be provided by the European Commission (EC).
Although the vast majority of Horizon 2020 projects will be able to continue as before, a very limited number of UK entities with access to security-related sensitive information could be restricted from participating in some specific project elements. We expect the EC to indicate where this is the case. If you are informed that your existing project can no longer continue in its current state, please contact us at EUGrantsFunding@UKRI.org.
New Horizon 2020 bids
UKRI encourages UK organisations to continue to bid into calls for new Horizon 2020 grant funding for the lifetime of the programme and, if successful, funding will be provided by the EC. This includes any calls under the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) that may extend into 2021, after the transition period has ended.
UK researchers can also continue to be coordinators for new proposals until the end of the Horizon 2020 programme. If the proposal is successful, the UK partner will remain the coordinator until the end of the project, even if the project finishes after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.
While UK SMEs can continue to apply for the grant-only funding route for EIC Accelerator projects, access to new blended finance (i.e. equity alongside grant) is no longer possible. UK organisations are also unable to bid for the ‘InnovFin’ product range, which consists of a suite of tailored financial instruments.
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
- View the slides from our recent webinar (PDF, 2.2MB) ‘Let’s talk about…Horizon 2020’
- For answers to key questions visit our Horizon 2020 Q&A
- Further details on partnerships can be found on EU's Partnerships with Industry and Member States page
- UKRI’s UK Research Office in Brussels has a helpful factsheet at www.ukro.ac.uk. If you have any questions about an ongoing project, please contact your UK National Contact Point (NCP) for advice.
- Or, get in touch with us at EUGrantsFunding@UKRI.org
Information for RFCS 2020 Call
The Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) provides support for research and innovation projects in both the coal and steel industries. The research fund sits outside Horizon 2020 and has its own legal basis, separate to that of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework.
The European Commission has confirmed that UK participants engaged in on-going RFCS projects will continue to be funded until the end of their project duration. There are no changes to current payment arrangements for these projects.
However, the Commission has also informed UK participants in consortia applying to the 2020 RFCS call that they will no longer be eligible to receive RFCS funding for future projects. The UK government has also confirmed it will not fund successful UK applications to the 2020 RFCS call. For more information on this decision visit Gov.uk