Horizon 2020: news for British applicants

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

18 October 2017

A clarification statement by the European Commission has been noticed by ARU researchers and caused some apprehension. This article follows one from the UK Research Office in Brussels, seeking to explain the Commission's post and keep our community informed.

The Commission added to their guidance:

"For British applicants: Please note that until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, when it comes to rights and obligations; this includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to fully participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions. Please be aware however that the eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to be eligible to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 50 of the grant agreement."

Surprise and some concern has been voiced by researchers, however it must be pointed out that this does not represent new information. Instead, this is the EC's summary of the consequences of a 'no-deal' scenario in Brexit negotiations. In the case that the UK cannot negotiate access to Horizon 2020 in any form, the EU would cease to fund our participation in their grants. However, the UK Government has previously stated it will support any ongoing or awarded projects submitted up until the date of Brexit.

Further explanation is available through UKRO, but, in short, this alarming text shouldn't influence you or your partners at this stage.

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