European Research Council UK National Contact Point
The ERC National Contact Point is a service for anyone who is currently based in the UK or who wishes to apply with a UK-based organisation for an ERC grant.
European Research Council (ERC) National Contact Point
Due to remote working restrictions, UKRO has to temporarily close the phone-lines for the ERC National Contact Points (NCP). The Helpdesks continue to operate a full service as usual via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to speak to us, we also offer online meetings which we can arrange with our video conference software. You can request this through the e-mail addresses above, and we will endeavour to make arrangements to support these requests.
The ERC UK National Contact Point is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Eligibility of UK applicants
At the date of the publication of the work programme, there are no countries associated to Horizon Europe. However, applicants established in countries associated to the previous Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, and in countries that are negotiating association agreements with the European Union, including the United Kingdom, may apply to the calls under this work programme.
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.
COVID-19: Implications for your ERC project
The European Research Council (ERC) have posted a statement on their website outlining the measures they are taking to minimise the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations as well as on the implementation of ERC funded projects. The ERC are doing their upmost to remain fully operational during this period and panel evaluations are currently being organised remotely. ERC grantees and their host institutions should raise any problems to their usual counterparts in the ERC's scientific and granting departments as soon as possible. They will try to find solutions on a case-by-case basis, using the flexibility provided by the grant agreement.
The ERC's statement, linked above, was updated in November 2020. The UK ERC National Contact Point has produced a short article to help explain the novel guidance.
UKRO COVID-19 Resource Pages
UKRO has developed a new section on the Portal to help subscribers find the latest announcements and advice on the COVID-19 outbreak. The new page provides a useful overview of the main messages from the European Commission and other important information and will be updated regularly.
If you have any specific questions about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on your project, please, contact the ERC NCP directly.