Government Underwrite for H2020 Projects


The Government has committed to guarantee funding for all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 that are submitted before we leave the EU, if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

The guarantee also covers all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 calls open to third-country participation submitted between Brexit and the end of 2020.  Both the guarantee and extension commit funding to UK Horizon 2020 participants for the lifetime of projects.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will also manage the independent assessment of UK applications to European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and SMEi grants that have been submitted before Brexit, if they are not assessed by the European Commission.  Successful applications will be funded for the lifetime of the project.

UK recipients who have already submitted successful bids

Current UK recipients of Horizon 2020 funding need to provide initial information about their projects on the UKRI portal – this is being dealt with centrally by the University’s Research Services Team.  Organisations in EU countries who are part of a consortium with UK participants do not need to register on the UKRI portal.

If the guarantee is required, UKRI will contact UK beneficiaries directly through the portal with information on the next steps they need to take to access funding.  Find out more about the delivery of the guarantee.

UK applicants to ERC, MSCA and SMEi grants

  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Instrument (SMEi) programmes

If you have submitted a bid to one of these calls you should wait for the Commission’s response.  If there’s a no-deal Brexit and your proposal is evaluated as successful by the Commission, your project will be covered by the government’s funding guarantee.  As soon as you receive notification of success from the Commission you should contact your Research Support Team directly.

If the Commission notifies you that it will not continue to assess your bid after Brexit you will be able to re-submit your proposal to UKRI for independent assessment.  UKRI will only accept proposals that have been submitted to Horizon 2020 before Brexit. Evidence of this prior submission will be required.

If, at the end of this independent process, your proposal is successful, your project will be funded for its duration. The grant will be administered by UKRI and will be awarded under UKRI terms and conditions.

If you have any questions about this please contact Liz Fay, EU Funding and Development Manager (