European Research Funding

Most European Union research grant funding is delivered through seven-year research and innovation work programmes. The new funding programme is Horizon Europe (2021 – 2027).

The UK will associate to Horizon Europe. This means that UK based researchers will continue to be eligible to take part in EU-funded collaborative projects (including as lead institution), and to apply for ERC and Marie Skłodowska-Curie funding.

Association has been agreed in principle as part of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The EU is expected to formally adopt the Horizon Europe programme in January and the intention then is for UK association protocols to be completed. It is the stated intention of the EU and the UK that UK entities will be able to participate in Horizon Europe from the beginning of the programme.