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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

UK Research and Innovation leaflet on the UK's exit from the EU

This information was last updated on 30 January 2020.

Q. For the purpose of this guidance, who is an 'EU national'?

For the purpose of this guidance, the definition of ‘EU national’ includes all of the following nationalities: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Q. What impact will Brexit have on research funding?

Following the ratification of the EU/UK agreement by the EU on 29th January, the UK is set to leave the EU on 31st January 2020. From February 1st, the UK will enter the transition period, which under current legislation is set to last until 31st December 2020.

The transition period ensures that there will no change as far as UK participation in Horizon 2020 is concerned. All existing UK participants will continue to receive funding from the European Commission for the full duration of funded projects (including those, which run beyond 31 December 2020), current funding applications will continue to be evaluated by the Commission, and UK researchers can continue to submit applications to Horizon 2020 calls.

Please note that a very limited number of UK Horizon 2020 projects, which involve access to security-related sensitive information restricted for EU Member States, may be unable to continue after EU Exit in their current form. The government expects the European Commission to inform participants if this is the case.  If you are unsure whether your grant is affected please contact the EU team on H2020@admin.cam.ac.uk using the email title 'Brexit query'.

The updated Government's guidance on Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit can be found here .

Q. Can I still apply for European Union research funding?

UK institutions remain fully eligible to apply for EU funding until the end of the transition period (currently 31 December 2020). After the end of the transition period, eligibility to apply will be dependent on the wider agreement between the UK and EU. The Research Office will update researchers and departments as soon as further clarification is available.

Q. What will happen to my research proposal, which is currently under consideration?

The transition period ensures that there will no change as far as UK participation in Horizon 2020 is concerned; all existing UK participants will continue to receive funding from the European Commission for the full duration of funded projects (including those which run beyond 31 December 2020), current funding applications will continue to be evaluated by the Commission, and UK researchers can continue to submit applications to Horizon 2020 calls.

Q. I am currently funded by a Horizon 2020 grant. What will happen to my funding?

The transition period ensures that there will no change as far as UK participation in Horizon 2020 is concerned. All existing UK participants will continue to receive funding from the European Commission for the full duration of funded projects (including those, which run beyond 31 December 2020), current funding applications will continue to be evaluated by the Commission, and UK researchers can continue to submit applications to Horizon 2020 calls.

Q. How will the University keep me updated?

The University will communicate with you directly via your University of Cambridge Hermes email address when there are significant updates. This website (www.eu.admin.cam.ac.uk) will also be regularly updated and revised to reflect up-to-date information.

Q. Who should I contact if I have queries about my position?

The Cambridge Research Office provides advice on the impact of Brexit on EU grants, research projects and collaborations. For further information please contact the EU team on H2020@admin.cam.ac.uk using the email title 'Brexit query'.

Q. I’m a non-EEA national. Is there any impact on me?

The referendum has no effect upon the UK immigration system and there are no foreseeable changes to the mechanism by which non-EEA nationals can visit, study, work, or settle in the UK.