Statement on UK eligibility for EU Horizon 2020 funding following the referendum decision

Recognising the importance of science and innovation to society, productivity and economic competitiveness, the government has provided reassurance to UK participants of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme with a commitment to safeguard funding for research and innovation projects.

The Treasury has confirmed that it will underwrite funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the European Union. As a result, British organisations have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for Horizon 2020 Calls while the UK remains a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. The latest Q&A on the guarantee can be found at


Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the European Commission’s research and development funding programme. The first H2020 Calls were launched on 11th December 2013. The total budget allocation is understood to be around €70.2B. More information can be found at


The 2018-20 Call for Proposals from Horizon 2020 will be launched in October 2017.


REIS guidance note on Horizon 2020 (final Feb 2017)