Horizon Europe (successor to Horizon 2020)

Horizon Europe is the research and innovation framework programme of the European Union. It will run from 2021-2027 with a budget of €95.5bn.

The UK is now fully associated to Horizon Europe

Further information about Horizon Europe and a comprehensive range of resources can found on the University's Horizon Europe Google Site here.

Further information on the UK's association can be found below:

Association to Horizon Europe

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, reached on 24th December 2020, confirms that UK scientists, researchers and businesses can participate in all the pillars of Horizon Europe.

The UK will be an Associated Country for the duration of Horizon Europe. This means UK entities can participate in the programme as if the UK were a Member State, including leading consortia. We should expect to have a very similar user experience to previous framework programmes. Other nations expected to Associate include Switzerland, Norway and Israel.

The Brexit process led to considerable uncertainty around the UK's future participation in Horizon Europe and reticence on the part of some partners to join UK-led consortia or include UK organisations in their consortia. The European Commission released a statement (25th February 2021) confirming UK entities eligibility to compete in the first Horizon Europe calls.


As an Associated Country, the UK will play an active role in the ongoing governance and development of Horizon Europe. UK representatives and experts will take part in programme committees, expert groups etc. The UK will participate as observers on the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre and will remain part of the European Research Area Committee.


The UK will make a financial contribution to the programme based on the UK's GDO and a contribution to cover operational and support costs. A balancing mechanism has been put in place to ensure that the UK's contribution is fair and balanced.


There may be restrictions on UK participation in some security-related calls, but these are expected to be minimal and will be detailed in the relevant work programme . UK entities cannot receive funds from the equity part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator, although they can receive grant funding and bring equity from other sources.

Horizon 2020

The Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK can continue to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020, that are financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework until their closure. UK participants will continue to received EU grant funding for the lifetime of their Horizon 2020 projects.

Other Programmes

UK entities can also participate in

COST programme (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
Euratom Research and Training
ITER experimental fusion device
Copernicus Earth Observation Programme
Direct Actions of the Joint Research Centre