Q&A on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe

The European Commission has published a dedicated Q&A on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe Research an innovation Programme.

Detailed information is available. 

The Q&A confirms that UK entities including universities, research centres, scientists, innovative businesses, industry, etc. will have full rights to participate in the first calls for proposals of Horizon Europe as soon as they are published on the European Commission’s website.

This is also true for calls which may be published before the adoption of the Horizon Europe Regulation, such as early COVID-19 calls or those of the European Research Council (ERC) and the European Innovation Council (EIC), apart from the EIC Fund.

This Q&A therefore provides further certainty for both UK and Non-UK applicants about the UK eligibility to apply and partner in applications.

United Kingdom’s association to Horizon Europe.

All aspects of UK association to Horizon Europe were agreed on Thursday 24 December, 2020 as part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK (TCA). The UK will therefore have the same rights and obligations as other countries associated to the Programme.

The UK is associating to the full Horizon Europe programme with the only exception of the EIC Fund (which is the loan/equity instrument of the EIC, see below). The scope of association includes the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie Curie-Skłodowska Actions, the six ‘Global Challenges’ clusters and Missions, the partnerships, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, etc.

UK entities are not eligible to participate in the EIC Fund part of the EIC Accelerator since the UK decided not to take part in financial instruments of the EU. This means UK entities can apply for grants under the Accelerator, but they will not be eligible for loans or equity.

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