Horizon 2020 is the EU's research and innovation funding programme. It runs from 2014-2020 and has a budget of €80 billion.

Government position on UK participation in Horizon 2020

The UK government has (5 March 2018) issued a document to clarify the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020, the EU's flagship programme for science and innovation.

Confirmation of the position supports the message in Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on 2 March 2018 that: "the UK is committed to establishing a far-reaching science and innovation pact with the EU, facilitating the exchange of ideas and researchers”.

The Q and A provides an overview of the position for UK applicants following the December 2017 joint report:

It also offers assurances about the UK government’s commitment to underwrite funding, and answers questions regarding participation.

The full document is available on the UK Research Office (UKRO) website:

2018-20 Work Programme Information Days

Following the release of the 2018-20 Work Programmes for Horizon 2020, a series of information days discussing Societal Challenge Six: Europe in a changing world, as well as wider research funding opportunities for social sciences and humanities available in Horizon 2020 were held across the UK in the autumn of 2017. The PowerPoint slides for this event are available below:

If you would like to be kept apprised of further developments relating to H2020 Societal Challenge Six, as well as future events, please contact challenge6ncp@esrc.ac.uk and ask to be added to the mailing list.

National Contact Points

We currently host the UK National Contact Point covering the following areas of Horizon 2020. The National Contact Points offer advice, information and guidance to (potential) participants and feed comments and issues raised by the UK research community back to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).