Article 50 and EU Funding – support from RIS
At the end of March, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the formal process for the UK to leave the EU. Prof Sir Pete Downes recognised in a statement at the time that the “situation continues to cause great uncertainty for staff and both current and prospective students”, saying there is a “lack of clarity” on many issues including the future of EU research programmes.
Research and Innovation Services (RIS) at the University is working hard to ensure we support our research staff through this difficult transition. RIS has recently expanded, bringing expertise in-house to help with your EU funding bids. Our new Head of Research Development, Daniela Bolle, has a strong track record in EU funding, and we have recently appointed Grant Davidson as a dedicated Proposal Development Manager. The team will be expanding further with the appointment of a Proposal Development Officer in the coming weeks.
At the present time, it’s business as usual when it comes to our interaction with the EU, and we will continue to help you tap into the EU pot of money. We have addressed some of the key questions below, but if you have any other queries, or need help with your application to the EU please contact Grant Davidson (Ext 81890; firstname.lastname@example.org )
What has changed for UK participation in EU research funding since the triggering of Article 50?
No immediate change. The UK’s status in the EU has not changed yet. This means that the UK is still an EU Member State until it leaves the EU at the end of the negotiation process, which should be around March 2019. The UK has the same rights and obligations as all other 27 Member States, including the participation in EU funding programmes.
What happens to proposals and projects involving UK participants when the UK leaves the EU?
The UK Government will underwrite funding for EU projects. The UK Treasury has given explicit guarantees to support EU Funding for UK researchers beyond the date the UK leaves the EU. It is our understanding that eligibility for the guarantee will extend to all successful applications submitted before the exit date, and not just to grants signed. So, researchers should continue to apply for EU funding through mechanisms such as Horizon 2020 while the UK is a member of the EU.
What EU funding is available?
In 2017 several Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) schemes are still open providing grants for all stages of researchers’ careers – be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers – and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. These would enable you to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide. €250 million is still available for these schemes
European Research Council Advanced Grants, supporting established Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements. Awards are up to a maximum of €2.5 million for a period of 5 years
There is still €30 billion available for research and innovation in Horizon 2020 from 2018 to 2020. Calls for proposals will be launched in autumn 2017 and updates will be provided as the information becomes available.