Working on EU-funded projects

The UK has left the EU. This page covers which EU funding programmes you can continue to take part in. It will be updated as more details become available.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is an EU research and innovation programme. It has a budget of €95.5 billion and runs until 2027.

In January, the government announced that the UK will associate to Horizon Europe. This means UK scientists, researchers and businesses will be able to access funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries.

We therefore strongly encourage researchers, businesses, and innovators in the UK and worldwide to continue to work together in establishing global consortia to bid for funding.

The EU is still in the process of formalising the UK’s association. But UK-based applicants can begin applying straight away. You do not need to wait for the EU to formalise association.

Help for UK applicants

See our guidance content on Horizon Europe:

Euratom Research and Training Programme, 2021 to 2027

The UK intends to continue participating in the Euratom programme under the next EU spending framework.

Read about:

Horizon 2020

You can continue to participate in Horizon 2020 programmes and receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual projects. This includes:

Successful UK bids will continue to receive grant funding from the Commission. This includes calls that end after 1 January 2021.

We encourage UK organisations to continue to bid into calls for new Horizon 2020 grant funding for the lifetime of the Horizon 2020 programme and, if successful, funding will be provided by the Commission.

Open opportunities are listed on the European Commission website.

See open Horizon 2020 opportunities (European Commission)

How to apply for Horizon 2020 funding

There’s information on GOV.UK about:

Deadlines for Horizon 2020 opportunities have been extended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Find COVID-19 deadline extensions on the European Commission website.

If you already have Horizon 2020 funding

Funding for most Horizon 2020 projects will continue for the project’s lifetime – even for projects that finish after 31 December 2020.

Payment arrangements will stay the same, and UK participants can continue to lead projects. They will still receive any:

  • remaining ERC, MSCA or EIC Accelerator funding they’ve been awarded
  • non-grant EU finance approved before 1 February 2020 – for example, from the European Commission, EIB or European Investment Fund (EIF).

During the coronavirus pandemic, Horizon 2020 projects should continue to follow the terms of their grant agreement if possible.

Find COVID-19 guidance on the European Commission website.

Horizon 2020 projects involving EU-restricted information may not be able to continue in their current form. This applies to a very small number of projects and the European Commission will inform those affected. You can also email us for more information.


Keep up to date about EU-funded programmes

UKRI’s European office, UK Research Office (UKRO), is based in Brussels, Belgium. UKRO provides:

Last updated: 12 May 2021

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