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UK Participation in Horizon 2020's successor, "Horizon Europe"

As part of the UK Government’s recent announcement confirming the EU/UK ‘trade and cooperation agreement’, 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 Spring 2021. 

Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. The next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement taking into account the finalised EU Programme Regulations

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, as they have under Horizon 2020 and the previous EU research and innovation funding programmes.

European Research Council’s 2021 Work Programme is open

The ERC 2021 Work Programme is the first of the Horizon Europe Work Programmes to be adopted by the European Commission. Applicants based in the United Kingdom and countries associated to Horizon 2020 will still be able to apply on a conditional basis even if the association agreements are not yet in place. The first deadlines are now confirmed as 8 April 2021 (Starting Grants) and 20 April 2021 (Consolidator Grants).

European Commission update

On 25 February 2021, the European Commission published a Q&A on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe. The Q&A sets out how the UK will be associated to Horizon Europe, how UK entities can take part in the first calls for proposals, which parts will the UK be associated, the rights of UK participants, what the UK has to pay to participate, and whether other countries associate to Horizon Europe.

UK participation in Horizon 2020 projects

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. UCL colleagues can therefore continue to participate in and lead their Horizon 2020 projects. The vast majority of Horizon 2020 projects will be able to continue as before during the transition period and beyond, including ERC and MSCA (Marie Curie) grants.

Further Information

UCL colleagues with queries or concerns regarding the impact of Brexit are invited to contact a member of the ERIO team to discuss any specific requirements: