EU-UK Relationship and UK Participation in EU-funded Programmes

EU-UK Factsheet

Read our regularly updated EU Funded Programmes 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 UK Participation in Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020 and other EU funding schemes. You are welcome to share this factsheet widely, within your institutions and to your European and international partners.

UK Association to EU Research Programmes

As part of the agreement reached between the UK and the EU, the UK has announced that it will associate to Horizon Europe. Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. The next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement taking into account the finalised EU Programme Regulations. 

The UK also reached agreement with the EU and Euratom to associate to the next Euratom Research & Training (R&T) Programme 2021-2025 subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the regulations.  

A new Turing scheme replaced the UK’s participation in Erasmus+. The programme provides similar opportunities for students to study and work abroad as the Erasmus+ programme and will include countries across the world. 

Funding Support in The Event of a Delay to Association

As the delay to UK association continues, the UK government has confirmed that successful Horizon Europe applicants will receive guaranteed funding from UKRI regardless of the outcome of the UK's efforts to associate to Horizon Europe. 

UKRI has published the list of calls and instructions on how to apply. During the delay to association, you should continue to apply as an associated country to be eligible for this funding.

Support available if the UK is not able to associate 

The UK government set out a package of transitional measures to ensure the stability and continuity of funding for researchers and businesses, which will come into force if the UK is not able to associate to Horizon Europe. These measures include the UK Guarantee scheme already in operation; funding for 
successful, in-flight UK-based applicants to Horizon and funding for Third Country Participation in Horizon Europe. During the delay to association, you should continue to apply as an associated country to be eligible, except for Third Country Participation funding which will come into effect at the point the UK was unable to associate.

UK Participation in Horizon 2020

The Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK can continue to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020, that are financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure (i.e. for the lifetime of grants). UK participants will continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual Horizon 2020 projects, including projects finishing after the transition period ends at the end of 2020. UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in and lead Horizon 2020 projects and apply for Horizon 2020 grant funding.

Further information about continued UK participation in EU-funded programmes including Horizon 2020 can be found on the dedicated UKRI website.

UKRO Updates on EU-UK Relationship

UKRO also provides regular updates on the latest developments related to the relationship between the UK and the EU in dedicated articles for staff at subscribing organisations. Subscribers can log in and read these in the News section using the 'UK-EU Relations' hashtag.