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

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.

The UK Government has issued a paper on future science and innovation on 6 September 2017. “Collaboration on science and innovation – a future partnership paper” forms part of a series setting out key issues for a future partnership between the UK and the EU. The paper states that “the UK will seek to agree a far-reaching science and innovation agreement with the EU that establishes a framework for future collaboration.” It explores a number of areas, including the Framework Programmes, nuclear research and the EU space programmes as well as defence research.

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 happens to proposals and projects involving UK participants when the UK leaves the EU?

The UK Government will underwrite funding for EU projects beyond the date the UK leaves the EU – 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

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 UK Government resources? read more

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