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UK businesses urged to register for continued Horizon 2020 research funding

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 29 Jan 2019
  • Last modified 21 Feb 2019
UK businesses who benefit from research funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme are today urged to sign up to UKRI’s online portal so they can continue to receive funding should the UK leave the EU with no deal, Science Minister Chris Skidmore said today.

The online portal, managed by UKRI, is the first step towards supporting the continuity of funding for UK organisations which have been awarded grants. The portal was launched in September 2018 after the UK Government announced through its underwrite and underwrite extension, that it would guarantee all eligible successfully bid for Horizon 2020 grants submitted by UK public and private organisations before the end of the Horizon 2020 programme, for the full duration of the projects.

To date, there have been around 5,500 registrations to the portal, made up of around 4,500 from higher education institutions and around 1,000 registrations from businesses, research organisations, public bodies and charities. The portal asks recipients to input basic information, so UK researchers and businesses can be informed of next steps if the Government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 funding.

Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore said:

“We have guaranteed that UK organisations and businesses who receive EU science and research funding will continue to do so even if we leave the EU without a deal at the end of March.

“I want to ensure researchers and innovators have the confidence to push on with their great work, which is why I urge businesses to register their details on this simple online portal for Horizon 2020 grants. It takes just 10 minutes per grant for the data to be inputted and more than 5,500 registrations have already been received.”

Operations Director at UKRI, Anne Dixon, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has already taken the time to register their information on UKRI’s portal or submit multiple grants using our template. We have had contact from most universities and in particular now, we look forward to hearing from more businesses and other organisations with UK Horizon 2020 grants. We would welcome the research and innovation community’s support in spreading the word to other partners to help us ensure we reach everyone who is in receipt of a grant.”

The original underwrite guarantee will cover all successfully bid for Horizon 2020 grants submitted by UK participants before EU exit, with funding continuing for the full duration of the projects.

The underwrite extension covers all eligible Horizon 2020 grants submitted by UK public and private organisations between EU exit and the end of the Horizon 2020 programme, for the full duration of the projects.

All eligible projects are covered by the guarantee. Third country participation does not extend to some Horizon 2020 calls; these include European Research Council (ERC) grants, some Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the SME instrument. The UK government is considering what other measures may be necessary to support UK research and innovation if the guarantee and the extension are required.

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme, financially supporting researchers and businesses in EU member states to take their innovations and discoveries to market.

How to register

  • UKRI has prepared a Q and A about the portal (PDF, 208KB)
  • Access the portal using this link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/eu-grant/overview 
  • Enter details of the type of organisation: business; research; research and technology organisation; or public sector, charity or non Je-S registered research organisation.
  • Enter contact details
  • Enter funding details, including grant agreement number and participant identification code
  • Once submitted, applicants will receive an e mail from the UKRI grants team confirming registration to the portal and afterwards will automatically receive subsequent updates. For organisations in receipt of multiple grants, a spreadsheet is available to submit them in bulk. Please e mail: EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org