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Latest Update on UK Association to Horizon Europe

14 January 2021

On 24 December, the UK Government announced the conclusions of the negotiations with the European Commission.

European Research

The EU and UK have reached an agreement for the UK to access the Horizon Europe Programme. 

As part of the UK Government’s recent announcement confirming the EU/UK ‘trade and cooperation agreement’ with the European Commission, the UK will associate to the EU’s €95.5B seven year Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, which is expected to officially launch in February 2021. 

While the UK’s associated status remains subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the Horizon Europe Programme regulation, once finalised the UK’s associated status will provide UCL researchers with full access to participate, lead and receive funding from the Horizon Europe programme. 

The Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK can continue to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020, that are financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure (i.e. for the lifetime of grants). UK participants will continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual Horizon 2020 projects, including projects finishing after the transition period ends at the end of 2020

The Government has announced that the treaty agreed with the EU will allow personal data to flow freely from the EU (and EEA) to the UK until adequacy decisions have been adopted, for six months from January 2021. This will allow UCL to continue to freely receive data from the EU (and EEA) during this period. However, UCL will continue to adhere to its mitigation plan agreed by the Brexit Transition Operations Group (BTOG), under which it will review, at a contract level, all of its engagements with external parties to understand which activities and contracts include the transfer of personal data from the EU to UCL as well as UCL to the USA.

For more information and for any questions, please contact Research Services’ European Research and Innovation Office (ERIO).

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