(The page was last updated on 15 January 2020)

What will happen with EU funded projects?

Any staff holding EU grants should continue with their projects as normal. Existing projects and grants are covered by the UK government’s underwrite guarantee.

Can I still participate in EU- funded programmes?

UK participants who receive Horizon 2020 funding from the European Commission, or have submitted a bid before the EU exit and are notified of their success after exit, will be covered by the UK government’s underwrite guarantee for the lifetime of the projects.

This will support UK participants to continue to take part in Horizon 2020 projects even in a no-deal scenario, subject to continued eligibility.

Further information can be found here.

Horizon 2020 grants currently held at the University of Aberdeen have been submitted to the dedicated UKRI portal to avail of the underwrite guarantee if the UK exits without a deal. The same has been done for all Erasmus+ and INTERREG funded projects.

If you have a query about an existing EU grant, please contact Anpu Varghese or Susie Hastings at

Can I still apply for EU funding after 31st January 2020?

The UK Government will debate the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the House of Commons throughout January 2020 with the aim of the UK withdrawing from the EU on the first day of the month following ratification, after which the UK will enter a transitional period with the EU which will last until the end of 2020. A ratified Withdrawal Agreement will ensure that:

  • The UK continues to contribute to the EU budget for the remainder of 2020, meaning that the UK will participate fully in Horizon 2020, ERDF and Erasmus+ for this period.
  • Calls and projects under the Horizon 2020, ERDF and Erasmus+ programmes which run past the date of 31 December 2020 will also be covered by the UK’s contribution to the EU budget.
  • UK-based researchers can therefore participate fully in all Horizon 2020 calls issued by 31 December 2020, with any successful grants covered in full (via the EU budget) for the duration of the project. The European Commission will continue to make payments to UK recipients so that UKRI no-deal Underwrite Guarantee will not be required for this period.

Please contact your EU BDO for further information and support if you are planning to apply to any EU sources of funding.