Brexit – UKRO FAQs on UK Participation in EU Funding for Research, Innovation and Higher Education - UPDATED

The information below is provided by the UK Research Office and reflects our current understanding of the UK situation with regards to Horizon 2020 and other EU funding programmes in research, innovation and higher education.

A joint report from the UK Government and the negotiators of the European Union was published on 8 December. This report covers the financial settlement aspects and it is understood that there is an agreement, in principle, that the UK will continue to pay net contributions until the end of the current EU budget plan in 2020 that were committed to during the UK's membership. It is important to recognise that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed at the end of the negotiations.
UKRO understands that based on the joint report, and the agreement of the EU to move on to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations on 15 December 2017, the UK will continue to benefit from EU programmes during the period 2019-2020 post exit, including from Horizon 2020. – read more

Please contact UKRO ( with questions relating to the post-referendum situation.

We will endeavour, where possible, to provide answers or to signpost to appropriate contacts.

What has changed for UK participation since the triggering of Article 50 or the start of the negotiations?

Key message: No immediate changes to UK participation in Horizon 2020 – read more

What are the implications of the joint report from the UK and the EU negotiators on 8 December 2017?

The UK will continue to benefit from EU programmes during the current EU budget period (2014-2020) – read more

What about the UK Government Underwrite Guarantee for Horizon 2020 – is this still valid?

Yes, the UK Government Underwrite Guarantee remains valid – read more

What is the advice from the European Commission on UK participation in Horizon 2020?

The Commission has confirmed that the status of UK participants in EU funding programmes remains unchanged until the UK leaves the EU – read more

What about Erasmus+ projects and other programmes?

The UK Government’s underwrite guarantee applies to competitive funding schemes, which, in addition to Horizon 2020, also includes other centrally managed programmes – read more

Not from the UK and have concerns over including UK partners?

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy created a special inbox for queries and to report issues – read more

Coming to Brussels with a group and looking for an update for your researchers/research managers?

UKRO can provide an update on the UK situation at your Brussels event – read more

Where can I find further resources? read more

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