This autumn the United Kingdom and European Union have reached an agreement at European Council on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland's withdrawal from the European Union. Following the Conservative Party's success in the General Election, it is now certain that the UK will leave the European Union on 1 February 2020.
The Withdrawal Agreement will ensure that:
The EC explicitly provides guidance for expert evaluators: “Experts should not evaluate proposals with UK participants any differently than before.” As such, consortia including UK participants are not required to submit a Brexit contingency plan as part of their proposal.
As the EU and the UK government reached a deal, UK researchers remain eligible to apply and receive EU funding until the end of Horizon 2020 (31 December 2020). Researchers are encouraged to continue applying for Horizon 2020/ ERASMUS+ funding with EU partners until 31 December 2020. Successful grants will be covered in full (via the EU budget) for the duration of the project.
We hope that the UK government will associate to the new EU Framework Programme, Horizon Europe that will start in January 2021.
As mentioned above, the UK exit the EU with a deal. So there will be no change for Horizon 2020 individual research grants.
The UK government will explore the option of association to future research and innovation programmes, including Horizon Europe, 2021-2027, thus ensuring eligibility to participate in Horizon Europe.
The Withdrawal Agreement ensures that successful Horizon 2020/ERASMUS+ grants will be covered in full (via the EU budget) for the duration of the project.
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.
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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or your EU team contact for further clarification.
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