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An email is sent out every 2-3 weeks containing news, event details and European funding/prize updates which may be useful to SSH researchers and research offices looking to apply for European funding both within and outside of Societal Challenge 6 and Horizon 2020.

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EU exit

For the most up-to-date information on Brexit relating to UKRI and Horizon 2020, please see the UKRI EU Exit pages and the UK government H2020 Fact Pack.

If you are a UK entity currently in receipt of EU funding for a Horizon 2020, Framework Programme 7 (FP7) or Research Funds for Coal and Steel (RFCS) grant, you need to register on the UKRI portal in order to receive updates from UKRI.

Please note that the UK government guarantees that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal it will underwrite funding for all successful UK Horizon 2020 bids submitted by UK participants before the UK exits the EU; this would apply for the full duration of projects, even if applicants are notified of success after exit. This original guarantee includes European Research Council (ERC) grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the SME instrument (SMEi).

Mono beneficiary grants covered by the Guarantee are assumed to be able to continue independently of Horizon 2020. If you are a mono-beneficiary project that may not be able to continue please see the guidance on the UKRI EU Exit Ineligible Projects page.

The UK government has also extended this guarantee and committed to fund all successful UK Horizon 2020 bids where UK organisations are able to participate as a Third Country. This extension runs from exit day until the end of 2020 with funding guaranteed for the lifetime of the projects.

This guarantee extension covers collaborative projects, such as those funded in Societal Challenge 6, but excludes some European Research Council (ERC) grants, some Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the SME instrument which are mono-beneficiary. “In-flight” applications for these mono beneficiary schemes submitted before EU Exit (even if the call deadline is after EU Exit) will be managed by UKRI in the case that the European Commission does not complete evaluation of bids. More information can be found on the UKRI EU Exit In-Flight Applications page.

Third Country participants in Horizon 2020 are eligible to coordinate collaborative projects and the guarantee/extension will cover the costs of UK project coordination. Eligibility criteria should be complied with for the duration of the grant (e.g. at least three legal entities from three different EU Member States or Associated Countries should be included in any consortium). For more information, please see the UKRI EU Exit pages, the UK government H2020 Fact Pack, the UKRO Horizon 2020 Factsheets (if you are an UKRO subscriber), or contact the relevant NCP.

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