Will the Royal Society continue to support EU and international scientists/researchers from around the world?
Yes, the Royal Society remains committed to providing funding opportunities for outstanding UK, EU and international scientists working both in the UK and abroad as part of our strategic priorities to promote excellence in science and to support international scientific collaboration.
The opportunities for researchers from around the world that are working in the UK or intending on working in the UK, that we offer include:
Early career researchers:
- University Research Fellowship
This Fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships
- Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health-related reasons
- Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
This scheme is for outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question
Senior career researchers:
- Research Professorship
These are the Society’s premier research awards and the aim of this scheme is to release the best leading researchers from teaching and administration allowing them to focus on research
- Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship
The scheme provides universities and research institutions with long-term support to make strategic research appointments. This funding can be used flexibly by the award-holder and can include salary enhancement, research expenses and support for their team
- Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
This scheme is for senior scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties
Researchers with an interest in industry, innovation and increasing research capacity and infrastructure:
- Industry Fellowship
This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation
- APEX Award
This scheme runs in partnership with the British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from the Leverhulme Trust, to offer established independent researchers an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society
- Research Grants
This scheme provides ‘seed corn’ funding for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables
- Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment Grant
This scheme aims to improve the existing physical infrastructure in UK universities to promote high quality scientific research. The proposed refurbishment can either be for a UK laboratory or an overseas laboratory wholly or majority owned and operated by a UK based research organisation or university
Researchers with an interest in international research or wishing to be a coapplicant on an international project:
- International Exchanges Scheme
For scientists in the UK who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas in any country through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel
- JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship
This scheme provides the opportunity for highly qualified young researchers from the UK to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions
- International Collaboration Award
This award as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund offers an exciting opportunity to foster international collaboration between outstanding research groups in the UK and overseas, with a view to generating new approaches to global challenges and problems facing developing countries
- Challenge-led Grants
This new award as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund with the UK National Academies provides support to interdisciplinary Research Consortia focusing on addressing global challenges. These consortia will consist of one UK-based laboratory and up to three research groups from developing countries
- Newton Advanced Fellowship
This scheme provides mid-career international researchers who have already established (or are in the process of establishing) a research group with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK
- Newton International Fellowship
This scheme is for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct postdoctoral research in the UK
- Newton Mobility Grants
This scheme provides mobility grants to provide international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for either a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations
Will UK scientists be able to take part in Horizon 2020 once the UK leaves the EU?
The agreement reached between the UK and EU in December 2017 means that the UK will continue to pay net contributions until the end of the current EU budget plan in 2020 and therefore will continue to participate in Horizon 2020 to its end.
This means that UK researchers can confidently bid for funding, participate in and lead consortia throughout the rest of this programme and that their potential collaborators can be confident working with them.
The UK government has published a Q&A, which clarifies the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020
Will UK scientists be able to take part in the next Framework Programme, FP9?
The next European research funding framework, Framework Programme 9, is currently in development and will run from 2021 to 2027.
The Society has called for the UK to seek the closest possible association to FP9, as a key part of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, and is proactively engaging with the EU Commission’s development of FP9.
Both the UK government and European counterparts have outlined their aspiration for future engagement between the UK and the EU on research and innovation.
- The UK government has stated its ambition to: “agree a far-reaching science and innovation agreement with the EU that establishes a framework for future collaboration”
- In 2017, a report by an independent High Level Group focused on maximising the impact of EU research & innovation programme chaired by Pascal Lamy - LAB-FAB-APP - highlighted that “full and continued engagement with the UK within the post-2020 EU R&I programme remains an obvious win-win for the UK and the EU”.
- In 2018, the UK government published their position on how FP9 can provide the greatest social and economic benefits for European citizens.
There are many different ways that non-EU countries participate in European research funding programmes – you can read more about these in our explainer: Which countries can access European research funding?
The terms of potential UK participation in future framework programmes, including the Ninth Framework Programme (FP9) beginning in 2021, would need to be negotiated with the EU and its Member States.