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Q&A for researchers: Access to research funding

Will the Royal Society continue to support EU and international scientists and researchers from around the world?

Yes, the Royal Society remains committed to providing funding for outstanding UK, EU and international scientists. The opportunities we offer to researchers from around the world who are either working in the UK or intending to work in the UK are listed below with links to further information. 

Early career researchers

Senior career researchers

Researchers with an interest in industry, innovation and increasing research capacity and infrastructure

Researchers with an interest in international research or wishing to be a co-applicant on an international project

Are UK scientists able to take part in Horizon 2020 now the UK has left the EU?

Yes. The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement maintains full UK participation in Horizon 2020 until the end of the programme and for the lifetime of projects. This enables UK participants to continue to apply to funding calls from the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Innovation Council and other Horizon 2020 schemes.

Will UK scientists be able to take part in the next EU Framework Programme, Horizon Europe?

The next EU Framework Programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, is currently being negotiated and is expected to run from 2021 to 2027. The UK government has said it "will consider a relationship [with the programme] in line with non-EU Member State participation" but negotiations are only expected to begin once the Horizon Europe text has been approved.

In the event that the UK does not associate to Horizon Europe, UK-based scientists may still be able to participate in schemes that are open to third countries but may not have access to the European Research Council, some Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and European Innovation Council schemes, which have previously been open to EU member states and associated countries only.

Find out more about the Royal Society's work on Brexit

The Royal Society is working to achieve the best outcome for research and innovation through the Brexit negotiations and support continuing relationships and build new ones across Europe and beyond.

Read a summary of our Brexit stance (PDF) and our position on the UK seeking association to Horizon Europe. Our evidence reports on ‘UK research and the EU’ focus on people (PDF), funding (PDF) and regulation (PDF).

This page was last updated on 27 February 2020

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