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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

Government guidance for UK nationals if there's no Brexit deal

This information was last updated on 11 September 2019.

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?

UK institutions remain fully eligible to apply for EU funding until the day the UK departs from the EU. After the UK’s departure from the EU, eligibility to apply for EU funding will be dependent on the wider agreement between the UK and EU. In case of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will be considered a third country and eligibility to apply for EU funds will be dependent on the legal framework in place at the time. The Research Office will monitor developments closely and will update researchers and departments as soon as further clarification is provided.

The UK Government has announced that it will provide additional funding for UK bids submitted before EU exit to mono-beneficiary schemes under Horizon 2020, should the European Commission consider them ineligible and stop the evaluation process.

It is important to stress that the expectation is that the European Commission will continue to assess all UK bids after EU exit, however, the Government's pledge has been made to provide additional reassurances to the applicants. More details are provided in a dedicated UKRI press release and further information will be added to the UKRI EU Exit pages as and when available.

The updated Government's guidance on Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit now says:

"UK applicants to ERC, MSCA and SMEi grants: 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 UKRI 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."

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. Can I still apply for European Union research funding?

UK institutions remain fully eligible to apply for EU funding until the day the UK departs from the EU (currently 31stOctober 2019). After the UK’s departure from the EU, 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 provided.

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

The UK Government has announced that it will provide additional funding for UK bids submitted before EU exit to mono-beneficiary schemes under Horizon 2020, should the European Commission consider them ineligible and stop the evaluation process.

It is important to stress that the expectation is that the European Commission will continue to assess all UK bids after EU exit, however, the Government's pledge has been made to provide additional reassurances to the applicants. More details are provided in a dedicated UKRI press release and further information will be added to the UKRI EU Exit pages as and when available.

The updated Government's guidance on Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit now says:

"UK applicants to ERC, MSCA and SMEi grants: 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 UKRI 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."

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

The UK Government has announced that it will provide additional funding for UK bids submitted before EU exit to mono-beneficiary schemes under Horizon 2020, should the European Commission consider them ineligible and stop the evaluation process.

It is important to stress that the expectation is that the European Commission will continue to assess all UK bids after EU exit, however, the Government's pledge has been made to provide additional reassurances to the applicants. More details are provided in a dedicated UKRI press release and further information will be added to the UKRI EU Exit pages as and when available.

The updated Government's guidance on Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit now says:

"UK applicants to ERC, MSCA and SMEi grants: 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 UKRI 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."

In preparation for a no-deal Brexit and as requested by the government, the Research Office has been liaising with UKRI and has provided initial information in preparation for the underwrite. The Research Office will continue to provide information as needed. 

Q. How can Departments who receive EU grants prepare for a no-deal scenario?

The University is asking all Departments in receipt of EU funds to prepare the following by 1st March 2019:

  • Ensure all relevant expenditure is posted to EC grants;
  • Relevant documents (for example, timesheets and invoices) are completed and available;
  • Outstanding queries are clarified;
  • Pending amendments are finalised.

This will enable the Research Operations Office to plan and implement the transition from EU into national funding as efficiently as possible – and hopefully with minimal disruption to the research staff involved and the project.

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.