13 August 2019
GOV.UK guidance on Horizon 2020 funding in a no-deal Brexit scenario
The government has committed to guarantee funding for all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 that are submitted before the UK leaves the European Union (EU), if there's a no-deal Brexit.
The guarantee also covers all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 calls open to third-country participation submitted between Brexit and the end of 2020.
Both the guarantee and extension commit funding to UK Horizon 2020 participants for the lifetime of projects.
UK recipients who have already submitted successful bids
Current UK recipients of Horizon 2020 funding need to provide initial information about their projects on the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) portal.
If the guarantee is required, UKRI will contact UK beneficiaries directly through the portal with information on the next steps they need to take to access funding.
UK project coordinators
Third country participants in Horizon 2020 are eligible to coordinate projects. The guarantee and extension include funding for coordination tasks if they are carried out by a UK coordinator.
UK applicants to mono-beneficiary ERC, MSCA and EIC Accelerator grants
UKRI will also manage the independent assessment of UK applications to European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator (formerly known as SMEi) grants that have been submitted before Brexit, if they are not assessed by the European Commission.
If you have submitted a bid to one of these calls, you should wait for the Commission's response. If a no-deal Brexit takes place and the Commission evaluates your proposal as successful, the government will cover your project's funding guarantee. As soon as you receive notification of success from the Commission, you should contact UKRI directly.
If the Commission notifies you that it will not continue to assess your bid after Brexit, you will be able to re-submit your proposal to UKRI for independent assessment. UKRI will only accept proposals that have been submitted to Horizon 2020 before Brexit. Evidence of this prior submission will be required.
If, at the end of this independent process, your proposal is successful, your project will be funded for its duration. UKRI will administer the grant and award it under UKRI terms and conditions.
This funding does not cover calls within ERC and MSCA that the UK can still access as a third country (for example ERC Synergy, MSCA RISE or MSCA ITNs).
EU citizens and organisations
Organisations in EU countries who are part of a consortium with UK participants do not need to register on the UKRI portal.
Visit the UKRI website for the latest guidance on EU exit for Horizon 2020 participants.
Find more information about the Horizon 2020 funding guarantee in the government's guidance on UK participation in Horizon 2020 after Brexit.