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Researchers and Funding

Below are the responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the impact of Brexit on Researchers and Funding.

Please note, the answers provided are general advice for reference purposes and should not be taken as specific advice based on your individual circumstances. If you have questions not answered below, please contact

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  • 1. What does Brexit mean for EU research funding at Queen's now?

    On 24 December 2020, the UK government announced that the UK will associate to Horizon Europe subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the Horizon Europe Programme regulations. This means that the UK applicants will have the same access than Member States applicants. The association will last for the full duration of the programme (2021-27).

    The UK will also associate to the Space Programme, ITER fusion, the Euratom training programme, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) activities, European Partnerships, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), ERICs (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) and the European Research Area Committee (ERAC).

    The programme Horizon 2020 is almost completed, and the UK remains eligible to participate to the last calls. This is covered by the Withdrawal Agreement signed in February 2020.

  • 2. What does Brexit mean for individual research grants: ERC, MSCA IF, SME Instrument?

    As mentioned above, the Withdrawal Agreement ensures that there will be no change for Horizon 2020 individual research grants. In addition, the UK will associate to the Horizon Europe programme and will be eligible to host individual research grants.

  • 3. What does Brexit mean for my existing EU funded grant?

    The Withdrawal Agreement mentioned above ensures that successful Horizon 2020/ERASMUS+ grants will be covered in full (via the EU budget) for the duration of the project.

  • 4. What are the implications of Brexit for sharing data and information.

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to all member states in the EU (and EEA states). GDPR restricts the free flow of personal data from locations within Europe to locations outside Europe without appropriate safeguards in place.

    When the UK exits the EU, GDPR will no longer be law in the UK.

    Whilst the UK government has confirmed that the UK will allow data flows from the UK to Europe to continue, transfer of personal data from EU countries to the UK will be restricted unless appropriate safeguards are in place.

    The UK Government, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the European Commission have each issued guidance on how to prepare for Brexit in the area of data protection in the event of a no deal.

    If you are currently in receipt of personal data from a country in the EEA* you may continue to receive this information provided “appropriate safeguards” in the form of signing up to the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) are in place. If these are not in place, or you are not sure, please contact the Information Compliance Unit for advice.

    * The following countries are in the EEA: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

General information

Please email or your EU team contact for further clarification.

This page was last updated on Monday 1 February 2021.