European Research Funding

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Most European Union research grant funding is delivered through seven-year research and innovation work programmes. The current funding programme is Horizon 2020. The next funding programme is Horizon Europe (1/1/21 – 31/12/27).

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UK institutions continue to be eligible to apply for all Horizon 2020 calls regardless of their closing date and to be funded, if successful, to the end of the awarded project. Ongoing Horizon 2020 projects will continue to be funded by the EU for their full duration, and applications currently in evaluation (including ERC and MSCA Individual Fellowships) will be funded by the EU (if successful) for their full duration regardless of their start and end dates. 

EU Member States are automatically eligible to participate in all parts of Horizon Europe. Other countries are not, and the UK ceased to be an EU Member State in early 2020. Countries which are not EU Member States can negotiate association to a framework programme (effectively buying the right to participate) and potential UK association to Horizon Europe is included in the current post-2020 EU/UK relationship negotiations.

If the UK associates to Horizon Europe we will be eligible to participate in framework programme calls and to be funded by the EU.

In the event of non-association, the UK Government has committed to putting in place measures (funding) to enable institutions based in the UK to participate in those parts of the Horizon Europe programme that will be open to the world.

It is expected that collaborative calls in Horizon Europe will be open to participation from outside the EU.

If the UK does not associate to Horizon Europe we will not be eligible to apply to ERC or MSCA Individual Fellowship calls. In the event of non-association, the UK Government has committed to launching a new UK Discovery Fund which will provide sizeable grants for discovery-led, ground-breaking research.