Brexit and UK Participation in EU funding programmes

UKRO maintains a Brexit factsheet to provide factual answers to the most common questions, both with a UK and international audience in mind. It provides the latest understanding and facts on the current UK situation in Horizon 2020 and other EU funding schemes. You are invited to disseminate this factsheet widely, within your institutions and to your European and international partners.

Key Messages:

  • The recently published Joint Report from the UK Government and the negotiators of the European Union (8 December 2017) outlines the agreement in principle made between the EU and the UK.  It states that:

    "Following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the MFF 2014-2020 until their closure (excluding participation in financial operations which give rise to a contingent liability for which the UK is not liable as from the date of withdrawal). Entities located in the UK will be entitled to participate in such programmes. Participation in Union programmes will require the UK and UK beneficiaries to respect all relevant Union legal provisions including co-financing. Accordingly, the eligibility to apply to participate in Union programmes and Union funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected by the UK's withdrawal from the Union for the entire lifetime of such projects."

  • The UK Government regularly publishes an overview on the UK's relationship with Horizon 2020 and a Q&A. UKRO works closely with the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to ensure that it provides answers to many of the questions in UKRO's previous Brexit FAQ directly and reflects of the main queries and comments UKRO has received from the community. This includes answers on the eligibility of UK researchers and organisations, budget matters and UK project coordinators. 

On 14 November 2018, negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement, in principle, on the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, which translates the Joint Report in to legal text, as well as on the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Both documents were endorsed by EU leaders on 25 November and are awaiting ratification on the UK side.