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Post-referendum position on EU research funding

2 March 2017

In light of a number of queries received from academic colleagues in recent weeks, it is clear that there is still some uncertainty about the position of UK researchers in relation to applying for EU research funding in light of the referendum result and the UK’s impending departure from the EU. The Research Development Team therefore thought it would be useful to summarise the current position and to point colleagues towards additional sources of information about post-referendum related issues.

The over-arching message is that, at least until the UK officially leaves the EU (currently expected to be in March 2019), there is no change in UK-based applicants’ ability to bid and be awarded funding from the main EU research & innovation funding programmes (Horizon 2020, but also Erasmus+). Those colleagues interested in applying for funding from these sources should continue to pursue these opportunities and work with their partners across Europe to develop and submit their proposals as normal.

UK participants on all successful proposals which are submitted prior to the date on which the UK formally leaves the EU will have the cost of their involvement in these projects guaranteed, even where these projects extend beyond that date (or even if they are due to start after this date, provided the proposal is submitted prior to it).

The European Commission has also made it clear that proposals led by or including UK partners should not be treated any differently in the evaluation process and is putting measures in place to monitor this. Proposals involving UK partners should therefore not have a reduced chance of success.

The Research Development Team is on hand to advise and support any academic colleagues working on (or thinking of developing) Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ bids as normal. However, we are aware that may still be some uncertainty across Europe about the status of UK applicants, and would therefore like to hear from anyone who feels they may have been excluded from a bid, or had their role in one reduced/sidelined, due to uncertainty from others partners about UK applicants’ eligibility.

If you have experience of this, please send details to EU Funding Lead, Stephen Parkinson.

What follows is summary of some of the key messages, taken from the UK Research Office’s post-referendum resources page, which colleagues may find useful.


What has changed for UK participation since the referendum?
No immediate changes to UK participation in Horizon 2020 – this reflects the broader position that the UK’s status in the EU has not changed yet.
This means that:
  • Currently, the UK is still an EU Member State and has the same rights and obligations as all other 27 Member States, including the participation in EU funding programmes
  • The UK continues to be a full Member State during the negotiation process, with all the rights and obligations until the UK leaves the EU at the end of the process.
  • Details on how the UK can participate after an exit need to be determined during the negotiations following the triggering of Article 50.
What happens to proposals and projects involving UK participants when the UK leaves the EU?
The UK Government will underwrite funding for UK researchers participating in EU projects beyond the date the UK leaves the EU.
HM Treasury has issued a statement on 13 August 2016 to confirm this:
  • “Where UK organisations bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis for EU funding projects while we are still a member of the EU, for example universities participating in Horizon 2020, the Treasury will underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU”.
  • UKRO understands that eligibility for the guarantee will extend to all applications submitted before the exit date, and not just to grants signed.
  • British universities and research organisations should therefore continue to apply for EU funding through mechanisms such as Horizon 2020 while the UK remains a member of the EU.
  • Universities and research organisations from other EU Member States or countries associated to EU funding programmes are encouraged to and should feel reassured to continue to include UK partners.
  • Information on Erasmus+ is available on the website of the National Agency (erasmusplus.org.uk/news/eu-referendum-update).
What is the advice from the European Commission on UK participation in Horizon 2020?
The Commission has confirmed that the status of UK participants in EU funding programmes remains unchanged until the UK leaves the EU.
  • In July 2016, the Commission issued a statement concerning Horizon 2020: “Until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, both when it comes to rights and obligations. This includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions.”
  • The Commission also explicitly briefs proposal evaluators in their guidance: “Experts should not evaluate proposals with UK participants any differently than before.” (europa.eu/research/participants/data/support/expert/h2020_expertbriefing_en.pdf)
  • The Commission has also clarified that proposals should not dedicate a part of their proposal to addressing the potential risks as a consequence of the UK Referendum, and that this will not be considered as part of the proposal evaluation process.
The main message at the moment, both from the UK Government and the European Commission, is that the status of the UK as an EU Member State will not change until such time as the UK actually leaves the EU and that UK participants should continue applying for Horizon 2020 and other competitive EU funds.
Additional Resources
UKRO has produced a detailed FAQ factsheet on UK participation in EU funding for research, innovation and higher education, containing additional information and links to a variety of resources.
Post-Referendum Statements

EPSRC Future Calls 2017/18

15 February 2017

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has released details of funding calls it plans to launch in 2017/18.

The list of calls contains only very high-level information at this stage, including the call title, relevant thematic area and proposed call issue date. Further details on each call will be available when they are officially launched.

Colleagues can sign up for weekly email alerts on new/upcoming EPSRC calls here.

EPSRC Future Calls 2017/18

Santander Travel Funding Scheme: Now Open

15 October 2015

The University of Salford has funding to support staff wishing to undertake an international visit or project. The award will support travel to the following countries (other countries could be considered), preferably at a Santander University Partner.

  • In the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA
  • In Europe: Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK
  • In Asia: China, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, UAE
  • In Africa: Ghana

The programme offers awards of £500, £1,000 & £5,000.

Full details of the scheme, including criteria and how to apply can be found at:

http://www.salford.ac.uk/santander/santander-universities-travel-award-information-for-staff

If you have any questions about the scheme, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Deborah Woodman in the Research & Enterprise Division.

Events to celebrate International Open Access Week

14 October 2015

19-25 October is International Open Access Week.  The University of Salford is offering a series of events to mark this and to support researchers to increase the reach and impact of their research by making it more openly accessible.  It is increasingly common for researchers to make the outputs of their research freely available online, including releasing published papers and the data sets that underpin the findings.

Making research open access is becoming more important for researchers, both in increasing the visibility and impact of research and to comply with funders’ policies.

During International Open Access Week, we will be running workshops for staff and postgraduate research students covering ORCID, Open Access Publishing and Research Data Management.

For more information and to book, please visit http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/research/openaccess/open-access-week-2015

Are you involved in EPSRC funded research?

5 May 2015

The EPSRC has made changes to its grant requirements. As of the 1st May 2015, both the University and its researchers are required to adhere to a set of expectations with regards to research data management.

All University of Salford researchers and research students funded by EPSRC are expected to:

  • Ensure that your digital research data is securely stored and managed during a project.
  • Create a metadata record describing your research data within 12 months of the data being generated and, if it is digital data, include a persistent identifier
  • Ensure that your digital research data is securely preserved and made accessible for a minimum of ten years, in a suitable data repository, once your project has finished. You may delay providing access to your data if this is necessary to protect intellectual property. Only in exceptional circumstances should your data not be made accessible and this must be agreed with the EPSRC, preferably at the beginning of the project.
  • Non-digital data must be stored in a manner that will facilitate access, should a request to access it be received.
  • Include a statement within published research papers describing how and on what terms any supporting research data may be accessed
  • Ensure any resources associated with research data management are included in your data management plan and in your EPSRC grant application.

For more details about the EPSRC expectations see our website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/research-data-management/funder

The University is developing the services, policies and support that will enable researchers to meet these expectations. This includes providing secure storage to host large data volumes, a collaboration space, a source code repository, and a data repository with the ability to create Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).  An updated website, enquiry service and training sessions are also being developed. We expect these to be available by autumn 2015. However, we have made interim arrangements and if you are publishing papers, or need any assistance in the meantime, please contact Hannah Baker, Research Data Manager, ext. 56707 or h.baker@salford.ac.uk

Important notice for EPSRC-funded researchers

13 March 2015

EPSRC-funded researchers should be aware that if you are writing/submitting research papers which acknowledge EPSRC funding for publication on/after 1st May 2015 you MUST include a data access statement to enable compliance with new EPSRC expectations. This statement should include a persistent URL directly linking to the dataset or to supporting documentation that describes the data in detail, how it may be accessed and any constraints that may apply.

EPSRC will be auditing papers which acknowledge their funding to check that they include a data access statement and where this is missing, or if there are problems accessing the data, they will follow this up with the PI and could impose sanctions.

The University is developing the infrastructure and support to enable compliance with the EPSRC research data management expectations. However, this Service will not be fully operational before autumn so an alternative solution has been developed for authors who will be publishing papers in the interim. For details, please contact Hannah Baker, Research Data Manager, ext. 56707 or h.baker@salford.ac.uk.

More details are available here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/research-data-management/funder#tab_EPSRCfunding

Research Data Management Survey: Your views are needed!

3 July 2014

The University of Salford recognises the importance of the data generated through our research activities, and is working to improve the way in which research data is securely managed and shared.

As part of this work the Library are conducting a survey of researchers to help them understand current practice surrounding the management of research data. It is critical that they hear from as many researchers as possible, as the results of this survey will inform the development of the infrastructure, support services, and policies that we hope will benefit you. The more information they receive about your research data, the more they can tailor the Research Data Management Service to your specific needs.

This survey is designed to:

  • Help understand the data held by you
  • Discover influences and barriers to managing research data
  • Establish what advice and support you require
  • Identify current levels of research data management practice in Schools

The survey is open until 6pm Tuesday 9th September 2014 and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

If you are creating and/or managing research data please take time to complete the survey here.

Salford International Media Festival: Call for Papers

22 May 2014

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The Salford International Media Festival 2014 will take place between 17 – 21 November at MediaCity UK. Opening the Festival this year, on Mon 17 – Tue 18 November, will be a new academic conference.

The conference, titled ‘Challenging Media Landscapes’, will focus on exploring the debate on media choice and freedom.

A call for papers for the conference has been launched, in the following broad areas:

  • Freedom, Choice and Privacy in Media Environments
  • Policy Choices and Freedom in Changing Media Environments
  • The Growth of Big Data and Media Freedom
  • Journalism, Media Freedom and Democracy
  • Articulations of, and Barriers to, Creativity, freedom and Choice in Media Practices

Abstracts (400 words max) should be submitted to: artdes-cmlabstracts@salford.ac.uk, by 9 June 2014.

Further details about the conference and the Festival: Challenging Media Landscapes.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – Fellowships

13 May 2014

New funding opportunity
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British Council – Researcher Links Workshops

9 May 2014

New funding opportunity
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