• The Government’s priority remains ensuring the draft Withdrawal Agreement is successfully concluded, meaning the UK Horizon 2020 participation would be unaffected which is great news!
• The draft Withdrawal Agreement envisages that existing H2020 projects will continue to receive EU funding for the project lifetime and that UK participants will be eligible to bid for Horizon 2020 funding for the duration of the programme, and can continue to participate as coordinators.
• If the Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified with no deal, the UK government Underwrite Guarantee remains.
• The Guarantee covers any Horizon 2020 funding which was awarded to a UK participant after a successful competitive bid.
• New text states that the Government is seeking discussions with the European Commission on the details of the UK’s continued participation. This would need to include consideration of projects where the UK’s change in status from Member State to Third Country could lead to concerns about ongoing compliance with Horizon 2020 rules (for example, where a consortium no longer meets the threshold for Member State participants).
• Concerning the status of UK applicants in Horizon 2020 in a no-deal scenario and details on third country participation, the document states that: “We are also considering what other measures may be necessary to support UK research in the unlikely event that the guarantee is required.”
• The Post EU Exit Guarantee extension extends the guarantee to cover all successful collaborative bids to Horizon 2020 involving UK entities in a no-deal scenario up until the end of the programme.
• In a no-deal scenario, UK researchers and businesses will still be able to apply to and participate in Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participants from the date of exit.