UK Government signs bespoke new agreement to secure access to Horizon Europe grants

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology has announced that, on Monday 4th December 2023, the UK and EU have signed a bespoke new agreement finalising the UK’s association to Horizon Europe and Copernicus.

UK researchers can now bid into Horizon, with the knowledge that all successful UK applicants will be covered through the UK’s association (or through the guarantee) for the remainder of the programme.

All calls in Work Programme 2024 will be covered by association and the UK guarantee scheme will be extended to cover all calls under Work Programme 2023.

Horizon Europe is open to all types of organisations across Europe and the world. Horizon Europe provides funding for research and innovation across three core pillars:

o Pillar 1 – Excellent Science.
o Pillar 2 – Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and
o Pillar 3 – Innovative Europe.

Some funding calls allow a single organisation to apply but many require a team of partner organisations to form a consortium. Usually, the consortium must be made up of at least 3 organisations from different countries.

You may be able to get Horizon Europe funding for projects which:

o Involve ground-breaking research or new technologies.
o Improve research training and development, or research infrastructure.
o Create growth in sectors like advanced manufacturing, materials, biotechnology, information and communication technology, nanotechnology and space.
o Increase private investment in research, and
o Respond to challenges like climate change, food security, or healthcare for an aging population.

Further information about the Horizon programme can be found on the Innovate UK website.