The Government wants the UK to be the go-to place for scientists, innovators and tech investors across the world. It intends to secure the right outcome for the UK research base as the UK exits the European Union
In this context, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is encouraging UK researchers to continue to make research bids for Horizon 2020. This has been recently confirmed in a joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government published on 8 December 2017 on the future participation of the UK in Horizon 2020.
This report stated that UK entities' right to participate in EU programmes will be unaffected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU. This means that UK based organisations and individuals will be able to bid for funding, participate in and lead consortia, in 2019 and 2020, and will continue to receive funding for the lifetime of the project.
It remains the case that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, which is why the Government's underwriting guarantee remains in place. UK businesses and universities should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while we remain a member of the EU and the Government will work with the Commission to ensure payment when funds are awarded. The Government will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK's departure from the EU.
In light of the above, Loughborough University very much wishes to encourage colleagues to continue in applying for EU research funding and any queries should be addressed to the Research Office in the first instance from where support for EU research applications will continue to be provided on an ongoing basis.