Research Collaboration with Europe from 2021 onwards

The UK will associate to Horizon Europe as a result of Withdrawal Agreement signed on 30 December 2020, therefore UK institutions can continue to apply for and collaborate on joint research and innovation projects with Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, the UK will no longer be able to participate in the Erasmus+ programme.

UK association to Horizon Europe – what this means

Horizon Europe is one of the programmes listed in the Brexit agreement alongside the Space Programme, ITER and the Euratom training programme. This includes full participation in Horizon Europe with the exception of the European Innovation Council (EIC) due to its different financing structure.

As an Associated Country, this agreement lasts for the full duration of the Horizon Programme or the next EU budget 2021-27, and lists the specific terms and conditions of UK participation in Horizon Europe. This includes details on an automatic financial correction mechanism to be used for determining the UK's financial contribution to the programme.

Final details are yet to be agreed with the European Commission as it is still negotiating the general Associated Country status for Horizon Europe; however based on Horizon2020 guidance it is expected that the UK can lead and partner in successful grant funded projects.

UK participation in Horizon 2020 remains unchanged

The Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK can continue to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020, that are financed by the 2014-2020 framework, and UK participants will continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of their individual projects.

For further information please sign up to UKRO, URKI’s European Office. UKRO posts daily updates on the current future relationship with Europe, as well as information on HorizonEurope funding opportunities.

Future applications: HorizonEurope and Erasmus+

The UK will be able to participate in some Erasmus+ calls,, but it will not be able to lead any applications to the scheme.

The UK government has published a statement regarding the Turing scheme, a new programme to replace the UK’s participation in Erasmus+ from 2021. 

As part of the negotiations with the EU the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+; and projects successfully bid for during the current programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period.

This means that UWE Bristol students preparing for Erasmus+ exchange experiences during the 21/22 academic year will receive Erasmus+ funding. 

The Study Abroad Team is based within the Library, Careers and Inclusivity Service at UWE Bristol. For any queries relating to our Erasmus+ Key Action 103 projects please mail student and staff mobility at studyabroad@uwe.ac.uk