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 euoffice@qub.ac.uk.

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

    The UK left the European Union on 1 February 2020 and the Transition period will last until 31 December 2020.

    During the Transition period:

    • The UK continues to contribute to the EU budget for the remainder of 2020, meaning that the UK will participate fully in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ for this period.

    • Calls and projects under the Horizon 2020 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 funding mechanisms will not be required for this period.

    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.

    The UK Government has updated their technical notices on "EU-Funded Programmes under the Withdrawal Agreement" and "Applying for Horizon 2020 Funding".

  • 2. What does Brexit mean for EU research funding at Queen's after the date of EU exit?

    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.

    The UK participation to the new programmes (starting in 2021) will depend on the EU-UK negotiations during the Transition period.

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

    As mentioned above, the UK exit the EU with a deal. So there will be no change for Horizon 2020 individual research grants.

  • 4. Will UK researchers be eligible to participate in Horizon Europe?

    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.

    UK position paper on the ninth EU Framework Programme for research and innovation (FP9)

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

    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.

  • 6. 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 euoffice@qub.ac.uk or your EU team contact for further clarification.

This page was last updated on Wednesday 3 June 2020.