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UK participation in Horizon Europe

Find out more about participating in Horizon Europe and the UK Government Horizon Europe Guarantee.

Overview


The UK plans to associate to Horizon Europe, the EU’s €95.5 billion seven-year Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, as agreed under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

For UK association to Horizon Europe to be finalised, the next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement, taking into account the finalised EU Programme Regulations.

While there have been some delays to association, the UK Government has stressed that UK researchers should continue to apply for Horizon Europe funding as normal and that it stands ready to formalise association at the earliest opportunity.

For further information, please see the European Commission’s Q&A on UK participation in Horizon Europe.
 

Government support


Horizon Europe Guarantee Update: 12th January 2023

The UK Government has announced a further extension to the Horizon Europe Guarantee scheme, supporting UK applicants to the EU's research & innovation funding programme. The guarantee now covers all Horizon Europe calls that close on or before 31 March 2023. Read the full update on UCL Staff News.

Horizon Europe Guarantee Update: 19th December 2022

The government has announced an extension to the support provided to UK Horizon Europe applicants under the Guarantee programme. The extension will ensure that eligible, successful UK applicants will continue to be guaranteed funding, supporting them to continue their important work in research and innovation. The guarantee will be in place to cover all Horizon Europe calls that close on or before 31 March 2023. Eligible, successful applicants to Horizon Europe will receive the full value of their funding at their UK host institution for the lifetime of their grant. We continue to encourage UCL academics to apply for calls in 2023, with UCL as full beneficiary, as the UK remains eligible to apply, as stated in the European Commission’s Q&A on UK participation in Horizon Europe (pdf).

Horizon Europe Guarantee Update: 1 December 2022

The European Commission (EC) has made available the draft 2023-2024 Horizon Europe Work Programmes, which are expected to be officially adopted and published shortly. Please visit the EC’s official Horizon Europe website to view and download the Work Programmes.

Read the full update, including information on the £9.5 million UCL has received from the Government to mitigate the impact of delays to UK association, on UCL Staff News.

Horizon Europe Guarantee Update: 1 September 2022

The UK Government has confirmed that it will continue to fund, through its Horizon Europe Guarantee, all successful UK applications for Horizon Europe funding if delays to association impact access to funding, covering all Horizon Europe calls that close on or before 31 December 2022 (now 31st March 2023). The funding will be delivered through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and for information on the practicalities of this please see the UKRI Horizon Europe Guarantee Guidance.

The UK Government has also published its plans for transitional measures to protect and stabilise the higher education sector, should the UK be unable to associate to Horizon Europe, Copernicus and Euratom. The government also committed to funding UK participants in collaborative consortia where the participation of non-EU, non-associated ‘third countries’ is possible, and where grant agreements are to be signed before 31 March 2025.

Wider measures, including uplifts to existing talent programmes, innovation support and a Talent and Research Stabilisation Fund, will also be implemented if the UK does not associate to Horizon Europe. Further details on a national alternative scheme are expected in the autumn.
 

Support for UCL researchers


UCL colleagues and external collaborators with queries or seeking advice regarding the UK's participation in the programme can contact a member of the European Research and Innovation team for further information and support.

  • Horizon Europe/Guarantee, awards, “in-flight” applications, and planned applications (ERC, MSCA and collaborative): Giles Machell
  • Horizon Europe Collaborative proposals development support, as well as clinical matters: Dr Juliet Ellis
  • Existing Horizon 2020 (where UCL is the Coordinator) and Horizon Europe projects where Project Management support is costed into the project: Ilaria Marsili
  • Intellectual Property, IP protection, and data matters: Martin Scott
  • Other queries: Kimberly Cornfield

Horizon Europe weekly drop-in sessions

Weekly Horizon Europe online drop-in sessions are being held every Friday by the European Research and Innovation team from 14:00-15:00 to discuss any questions related to UCL's participation in Horizon Europe and the Horizon Europe Guarantee. 

You do not have to be a grant holder to participate. These are open to both UCL colleagues and external collaborators.

The drop-in sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams and there is no requirement to register in advance. You can join a session using the button below. Please feel free to join at any point during the session. Contact us should you have any questions or technical issues.

Join a Horizon Europe drop-in session on Teams
 

Frequently Asked Questions


I am a UCL academic, can I apply for Horizon Europe funding?

Yes, and we encourage you to do so. UK organisations continue to have the right to participate in proposals targeting Horizon Europe calls, as outlined in the European Commission’s Q&A on UK participation in Horizon Europe (pdf).

Funding that is awarded is secure under the terms of the Horizon Europe Guarantee. The UK Government has stressed that UK researchers should continue to apply for funding as normal and that it is ready to formalise association at the earliest opportunity.

While the Horizon Europe guarantee currently covers all calls with deadlines on or before 31st March 2023, we encourage UK academics to continue to apply for calls later in 2023 as the UK remains eligible to apply, as stated in the European Commission’s Q&A on UK participation in Horizon Europe (pdf).

I am preparing a Horizon Europe Proposal now, what happens to my grant if the UK is unable to associate?

Horizon Europe proposals selected for funding
If the UK is unable to associate, the UK Government has confirmed that it will continue to fund all remaining eligible, evaluated, and successful UK applications outstanding at that time, including all Horizon Europe calls that close on or before 31st March 2023.

Horizon Europe “in-flight” proposals (ERC, MSCA and EIC)
The government has also confirmed that any “in-flight” proposals to Horizon Europe (unevaluated applications where UK researchers are the sole applicants, such as ERC, MSCA and EIC) will be assessed for funding domestically, if necessary. 

Horizon Europe “in-flight” proposals (collaborative)
The government has committed to funding UK participants in collaborative consortia where the participation of non-EU, non-associated ‘third countries’ is possible, and where grant agreements are to be signed before 31st March 2025.

Should UCL be included in a collaborative proposal as a “Beneficiary” or an “Associated Partner”?

When participating in proposals targeting Horizon Europe collaborative funding, UCL must be included as a “Beneficiary” requesting EU funding at the time of proposal submission to the European Commission.

If association has not been finalised by the time the Grant Agreement signature is required, UCL would become an “Associated Partner” and obtain funding from UKRI. The European Research and Innovation Office will support you and your consortia with this process.

In collaborative proposals, does the UK count towards the minimum eligibility criteria of having three Beneficiaries from three Member States/Associated Countries?

At proposal submission and during the proposal evaluation process, yes.

However, if association has not been finalised by the time the Grant Agreement signature is required, UCL would become an “Associated Partner” and the UK would no longer count towards the three-country minimum required for eligibility.

We therefore suggest that when consortia are formed, they include at least three other Member States/Associated Countries.

As some calls have bespoke eligibility criteria, please contact the European Research and Innovation team for detailed guidance.

I have a Horizon 2020 funded grant; will my funding continue to come from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme? 

Yes, UK participants in Horizon 2020 will continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual Horizon 2020 projects. UCL colleagues can therefore continue to participate in and lead their Horizon 2020 projects.

Horizon 2020 projects will be able to continue as before during the transition period and beyond, including ERC and MSCA grants.

What will replace Horizon Europe funding should the UK not associate?

The UK Government has set out details of transitional measures it will take to protect and stabilise the higher education sector in the event of non-association.

In November UCL received a total of £9.5m of additional funding designed to help mitigate the impact of continuing delays to Horizon Europe and for spending before the end of March 2023. This included an additional £5m of Quality-Related (QR) funding, an additional £3m for research infrastructure through the Research Capital Investment Fund and an additional £1.5m to support the retention of talent and to address vulnerabilities at a local level.

The funding, which will need to be spent by the end of March 2023, forms part of a £484 million support package announced by the Government on 21 November 2022. It is designed to protect and stabilise the R&D sector in response to the continued delay of UK association to Horizon Europe, Euratom and Fusion for Energy.  

In tandem, it is developing a long-term national alternative to Horizon Europe. This will include three pillars:

  • Top Talent, the UK Flagship Fellowship Programme (ERC and MSCA-type grants) to retain and attract talent
  • Global Collaboration including bottom-up programmes, bi- and multi-lateral schemes and Third Country Participation; and 
  • End to End Innovation

Further details on a national alternative scheme will be released in due course.

Will the support package announced by the UK Government in November 2022 mean less money for the Horizon Europe guarantee?

No. This funding is in addition to and complements the UK Government’s Horizon Europe guarantee. 

While the Horizon Europe guarantee provides funding for successful UK Horizon Europe applicants, the £484 million announced in November 2022 will provide additional support for the UK R&D sector while association is finalised or an alternative scheme is implemented.  

What support is available for researchers at UCL?

The European Research and Innovation Office team provides dedicated support for researchers.

We encourage all recent Horizon Europe grantees, as well as those with in-flight applications, and planned applications, to continue liaising with their assigned member of the European Research and Innovation Office team to discuss the administration of their grants, registration for the Horizon Europe guarantee, and support in the application process. 

If you have not already been in touch with the European Research and Innovation team and are a Horizon Europe grantee, applicant or planned applicant, please email Kimberly Cornfield (k.cornfield@ucl.ac.uk), Assistant Director (Project Development and Management) and Head of European Research and Innovation.

UCL Horizon Europe Drop-in Sessions 
Weekly Horizon Europe online drop-in sessions are being held every Friday from 14:00 - 15:00 to discuss any questions related to UCL's participation in Horizon Europe and the Horizon Europe Guarantee. You do not have to be a grant holder to participate. These are open to both UCL colleagues and external collaborators. 

The drop-in sessions will be on Microsoft Teams and there is no requirement to register in advance. The joining link for the event is available here: https://ucl.ac.uk/research/europe

Horizon Europe Response Group 
UCL has also created a high-level Horizon Europe Response Group, chaired by Professor Geraint Rees, which meets regularly to coordinate actions we will need to take in response to any future transitional measures. 

This group will ensure that all updates and information are communicated promptly to the UCL community.

 

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