On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom (UK) withdrew from the European Union (EU) and therefore since 1 February 2020 is no longer an EU Member State.
After long negotiations the EU and the UK signed a Withdrawal Agreement, which allowed an orderly withdrawal („Deal-Brexit“).
The Brexit affects also the research field:
This applies to the future Research Framework Programme "Horizon Europe":
The participation of British organisations in the future Research Framework Programme "Horizon Europe" is ensured by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (excluded are only forms of investment and funding of the European Innovation Council [EIC] operated by the specifically created ‚EIC Fund‘, while UK participation in all other elements of the EIC is possible). The association of UK is planned to enter into force backdated to 1 January 2021 after the adoption of the Horizon Europe Regulation.
A participation of UK in the first calls of Horizon Europe is planned to be possible, despite their association might not have been entered into force at that time.
This applies to (ongoing and future) projects in "Horizon 2020":
According to the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK stays eligible to participate as well as eligible to receive funding within the transition period from 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020 inclusive and beyond this period until the end of the respective "Horizon 2020" project.
What does this mean for partners/coordinators in a "Horizon 2020" project, which is coordinated by a British organisation and/or in which a British organisation participates as a partner?
Ongoing and future "Horizon 2020" projects are not affected by the Brexit, as: The Brexit has no consequences for ongoing projects in Horizon 2020 until 31 December 2020 (and if the project lasts longer than 31 December 2020, until its end). During this period, British organisations remain eligible to participate as well as eligible to receive funding (see article 137 and 138 of the Withdrawal Agreement).
For further information and details please refer to the following sources:
- European Commission
- UK Government
- European University Association (EUA)
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