(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.

Whilst the remaining EU member states continue to negotiate a budget for the next 7 year programme, Horizon Europe, the UK Government has not made any further statements regarding its intentions to align with this scheme, commencing in 2021, or to develop equivalent means to fund cross-border collaborative research.  We will update these pages once more information becomes available.

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 formally ratified the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and left the EU at 11pm on 31st January 2020.  This began a transition period that is set to end on 31st December 2020, during which the UK and EU are negotiating their future relationship.  The UK remains subject to EU law and remains subject to EU law and remains part of the EU customs union and single market during the transition, but is no longer part of the EU’s political bodies or institutions.  In terms of Horizon2020 and other EU Research investment mechanisms, the ratified Withdrawal Agreement ensures 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.