Working on EU-funded projects

The UK has left the EU. This page covers which EU funding programmes you can continue to take part in.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is an EU research and innovation programme. It has a budget of €95.5 billion and runs until 2027.

In January 2021, the government announced that the UK will associate to Horizon Europe. This means UK scientists, researchers and businesses will be able to access funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries.

We therefore strongly encourage researchers, businesses, and innovators in the UK and worldwide to continue to work together in establishing global consortia to bid for funding.

The EU is still in the process of formalising the UK’s association. But UK-based applicants can begin applying straight away. You do not need to wait for the EU to formalise association.

Help for UK applicants

See our guidance content on Horizon Europe:

Euratom Research and Training Programme, 2021 to 2027

The UK intends to continue participating in the Euratom programme under the next EU spending framework.

Read about:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 was the predecessor programme to Horizon Europe.

If you already have Horizon 2020 funding awarded prior to EU Exit, in most cases it will continue for the project’s lifetime, even for projects that finish after 31 December 2020.

Payment arrangements stay the same, and UK participants can continue to lead projects. They still receive any:

  • remaining ERC, MSCA or EIC Accelerator funding they’ve been awarded
  • non-grant EU finance approved before 1 February 2020, for example, from the European Commission, EIB or European Investment Fund (EIF)

For help and advice: get in touch with your UK National Contact Point.

Keep up to date about EU-funded programmes

UKRI’s European office, UK Research Office (UKRO), is based in Brussels, Belgium. UKRO provides:

The Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Horizon Europe Hub provides:

  • essential information on the programme
  • newsletters covering funding opportunities, news and webinars

The hub is accessible to all types of organisation, including businesses, small to medium sized enterprises and academia.

Last updated: 24 February 2023

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