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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

Horizon 2020: Evaluation of Proposals

5 February 2014

This article outlines the overall procedure for Horizon 2020 proposals, which will be very similar to its predecessor the Framework Programme 7. However, given the different nature of Horizon 2020, including the more multidisciplinary nature of some projects and the more bottom up formulation of topics, there are a few differences in approach to note.

Read more…..

EU Horizon 2020 Programme officially launched

20 December 2013

 

 

Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) launched its first calls on 11 December, detailing the Work Programmes and topics that will be open for submissions in 2014 and 2015.

The official Horizon 2020 webpages can be accessed here:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020

All of the 2014-15 Work Programmes can be accessed here:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/reference_docs.html#h2020-work-programmes-2014-15-main-wp

The Horizon 2020 online manual offers:

  • an overview of all steps you need to know for the electronic management of proposals or grants;
  • easy navigation by process steps;
  • brief descriptions of how to complete your tasks.

Links and references to:

  • Guidance notes, templates
  • User manuals of the relevant tools
  • Frequently asked questions

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/guide.html

You can also apply to join the database of independent experts for European research and innovation. The European Commission appoints independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of proposals, monitoring of projects, and evaluation of programmes, and design of policy.

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/experts/index.html

For all queries on the new programme, please do not hesitate to contact Vera Barron on v.barron@salford.ac.uk or extension 53538.

EU Horizon 2020 – Social Science and Humanities information events

19 December 2013

If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities that the new EU research programme HORIZON2020 has to offer for researchers in social sciences and humanities, there will be several  events taking place in the New Year:

1)  Achieving Impact: Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020” Athens, 26th and 27th of February 2014

The two-day event will appeal to members of the SSH research community who are looking for networking and funding opportunities within Horizon 2020. It will be of particular interest to researchers from universities and research organisations in the field of SSH, Civil Society Organisations & Non-governmental Organisations. SSH-relevant industries involved in Research and Innovation activities are also among the target audience. Established networks such as ERA-NETs will be invited to attend.

http://www.achievingimpact2014.eu/

2)   Info Day – Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Expertise and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Actions for ICT-Related Topics in Horizon 2020’s Work Programmes 2014-2015

This Info Day will take place on January 21, 2014 on the premises of the Commission, Brussels.

Draft agenda:
10.00-13.00 – Commission presentations – presentation by the commission services of the funding opportunities for SSH expertise and RRI actions across the WP
13.00-14.00 – networking lunch
14.00-17.00 – Participants’ pitches – participants interested in presenting pitches on a topic of their choice will be given this opportunity so as to facilitate the build-up of partnerships looking to submit proposals together.
 

http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/21012014-info-day-%E2%80%93-socio-economic-sciences-and-humanities-ssh-expertise-and-responsible

3)  ICT Research and Innovation for Creative Industries and Cultural Heritage: Horizon 2020 Information and Networking Day

This event will take place on January 23, 2014 in Luxembourg.

This event addresses potential applicants for the first Calls under Horizon 2020 in the fields of ICT research & innovation supporting the Cultural and Creative Industries and Cultural Heritage:

• ICT 2014 – Information and Communications Technologies, H2020-ICT-2014-1

• Reflective Societies: Cultural Heritage and European Identities, H2020-Reflective-7-2014

In line with the security rules, only registered participants can access the conference centre. Please fill in the registration form which will be available until 15 January.

http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/creativity/call1-infoday_en.html

4)  Europe Research Council (ERC) Starting grants: information and proposal writing event

The sessions are aimed at researchers based in, or moving to, the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to an ERC Starting Grants call. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

http://www.ukro.ac.uk/erc/events/Pages/stg_events.aspx

5)  Conference and Matchmaking – Horizon 2020 Connections- 22 January 2014

Brokerage event in Bratislava, Slovak Republic

6)   NET4SOCIETY e–newsletter http://e-newsletter.net4society.eu/December-2013

7)   Face the Challenge, make a Difference! HORIZON 2020 and its Impact on Science Communication and Policy Making in Europe

Strategy workshop invitation – 21st – 22nd January 2014, Quadriga-Forum, Berlin

www.eu-scicomm.com

EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme Workshop for ELS Staff

18 December 2013

 

 

Dear ELS Colleagues,

Further to last week’s sessions on the EU HORIZON2020 research programme at the School of Environment and Life Sciences, please find attached:

Futhermore, I also wanted to make you aware of an information day organised by Defra, BBSRC, NERC and FSA that is currently open for registration – places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The day is aimed at academic and business organisations interested in exploring funding opportunities in two key areas  –

  • Societal challenge 2 – Food Security, Sustainaible Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bioeconomy
  • Societal challenge 5 – Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

The event will feature presentations from the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation. Furthermore, the UK National Contact Points for the above Societal Challenges will be available on the day to provide advice and support for business and academic organisations on participation in Horizon 2020.  This event is also an excellent opportunity to network with others interested in EU collaborative projects.

The application form is here:Info-Day-registration. The deadline for registration is January 14, but as the places are allocated on a first come first served basis, I would submit asap!

UKRO presentation slides on Horizon2020 Programme

31 October 2013

Following the presentation of Dr Sobia Aslam last week, you can download her slides from the Research intranet on:

http://www.ri.salford.ac.uk/page/information

Please contact Vera Barron on ext. 53538  if you have any problems with accesing the presentation slides.

What will the new EU Programme for Research and Innovation look like?

28 August 2013

h2020 visualHorizon 2020 is the new EU’s new programme for research and innovation with a key aim of creating new growth and jobs in Europe though knowledge generation and innovation. The Programme promises major simplification from its predecessor (Framework Programme 7, ‘FP7’), especially in the areas of budgetary preparations, costing models, audits, proposal submissions and the contract negotiation process.

Running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget, the proposed programme will consist of 3 pillars:

1. Excellent science

  • European Research Council awards – frontier research by excellent individual scientists and their research teams
  • Future and Emerging Technologies – collaborative research to open new fields of innovation
  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions – EU doctoral training networks; individual EU and International fellowships; reintegration grants
  • Research Infrastructures – ensuring access to world-class facilities

2. Competitive industries

  • Leadership in enabling & industrial technologies (ICT, nanotechnologies, materials, biotechnology, manufacturing, space)
  • Access to risk finance – leveraging private and venture capital for research
  • Innovation in SMEs – fostering all forms of SME innovation (Research for the benefit of SMEs will be a part of this scheme)

3. Better society

  • Addressing concerns of citizens and society/EU policy objectives on key issues (including climate; environment; energy; transport)
  • Breakthrough solutions from multidisciplinary collaborations, including social sciences & humanities
  • Promising solutions to be tested, demonstrated and scaled-up

Topical areas will include: Health, demographic change & well-being; Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research& the bio-economy; Secure, clean and efficient energy; Smart, green and integrated transport; Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; Inclusive, innovative and secure societies

Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative companies to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential. This market-driven approach will include creating partnerships with the private sector and Member States to bring together the resources needed.

International cooperation will be an important cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020. In addition to the Programme being fully open to international participation, targeted Calls for proposals with key partner countries and regions outside the EU will focus on the EU’s strategic priorities.

EU Budget Discussions: Latest Developments

22 May 2013

On 14 May, EU finance ministers agreed to commit an extra EUR 7 billion to cover outstanding payments under the 2013 annual EU budget. This mainly concerns money for EU-funded infrastructure projects, but also some research projects funded through FP7. This agreement was a precondition for the European Parliament to begin formal ‘trialogue’ talks with the European Commission and national governments on finalising the 2014 to 2020 budget.

2014 to 2020 EU Budget and Horizon 2020
The first formal trialogue meeting on the 2014 to 2020 EU budget (known as the Multi-Annual Financial Framework) has also taken place this week. In a press release, the EU Budget Commissioner, Janusz Lewandowski, stated that a final agreement “should be reachable by the end of June”. In this case, a final budgetary allocation for Horizon 2020, and final approval for the programme, could also be agreed upon around this time.

It is understood that the European Parliament is not expected to demand changes to the overall spending limit agreed by EU leaders in February (EUR 960 billion), but will seek for greater flexibility to enable unspent money to be moved from one budget line to another (as well as a legal review of the spending levels after the European elections in 2014).

The next formal trialogue meeting is scheduled to take place next week, and UKRO will keep subscribers updated on these developments.

http://www.ukro.ac.uk/subscriber/Pages/130515_eu_budget_developments.aspx