UCL and Brexit


UCL success in H2020

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UCL is consistently ranked as one of the top performing organisations worldwide under the EU Framework Programmes for research. UCL was the best performing Higher Education Institution (HEI) under the first two years (2014–2016) of Horizon 2020, the EU’s current, €80 billion research and innovation programme. We have consistently remained within the top three performing HEIs to date and UCL is also currently ranked as the top HEI in Europe for H2020 collaborative projects.

UCL has participated in more than 1,000 EU Framework Programme projects, of which more than 400 (equalling around €250 million) are funded through Horizon 2020. We have also hosted close to 200 prestigious European Research Council grants. 

Since the referendum, UCL has held its position within Horizon 2020, with its participation and success rates remaining high above the European average, averaging 18%. 

UCL, like other UK institutions, will still be able to participate in (and coordinate) Horizon 2020 actions after Brexit, even in the event of a "no deal" scenario.  In such a scenario the UK Research & Innovation provides assurance that UCL's research and coordination costs will be covered by the UK Government, whilst the Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement allows third country Coordinators to receive and distribute funds to project consortia. However, should the UK Government conclude a Withdrawal Agreement incorporating access to Horizon 2020 funding as an "associated country" as planned, access to Horizon 2020 will remain unchanged for UK institutions for the remainder of the programme.

On 04 February 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy issued a document outlining these points in more detail. Access the file below: