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Horizon Europe

Disclosure: Horizon Europe development continues to evolve, this page will be updated periodically but for up to date information please visit the UKRO or UKRI Horizon Europe webpage.

The government has announced that the UK will associate to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme that will run from 2021 to 2027, with a budget of €95.5 billion.

Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries.

We therefore strongly encourage researchers, businesses, and innovators in the UK and worldwide to continue to work together in establishing global consortia to bid for funding.

The European Commission Q&A on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe confirms that “UK entities including universities, research centres, scientists, innovative businesses, industry, etc. will have full rights to participate in the first calls for proposals of Horizon Europe as soon as they are published on the European Commission’s website”.

Subscribers to the UK Research Office (UKRO) Portal can access Horizon Europe factsheets and the latest information on EU funding opportunities. Check here if your organisation is an UKRO subscriber

Horizon Europe will be implemented through three pillars:

Horizon Europe preliminary structure

For further information, please see the UKRIUKRO and European Commission webpages or get in touch through the contacts below.


Katie Dingley, UK National Contact Point for Horizon Europe Health Funding & International Relations Manager, MRC

Jo Frost, UK National Contact Point for Horizon Europe Health Funding
& Global Innovation Lead – Health

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 (the successor to FP7) is the European Union’s largest ever research and innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020).


The Horizon 2020 programme consists of three core themes or 'pillars'. Each pillar comprises a number of different research funding programmes.

Research funding opportunities for the UK biomedical research community can be found across the breadth of Horizon 2020.

The choice of pillar and underlying programme depends on the nature of the research project for which funding is sought.

The schemes within the Excellent Science pillar are dedicated to funding the best new ideas, helping develop researcher careers, attracting talent from outside Europe, and providing improved access to European research infrastructures. 

The Industrial Leadership pillar focuses on making Europe's industries more competitive. Funding is available for the academic community to collaborate with industry in order to further develop Key Enabling Technologies such as advanced materials and nanotechnology.

The aim of the Societal Challenges pillar is to find solutions to identified societal challenges through research and innovation. Research projects will address problems identified by the Commission in call topics. Funding is predominantly for collaborative projects that bring together research teams from different EU Member States and Associated Countries. The Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing challenge call topics for 2019-2020 can be found in the updated work programme.

Several activities not included in the work programme will also be part of the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing challenge, notably the Innovative Medicines Initiative, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), and the Active and Assisted Living Programme.

Continued UK participation in Horizon 2020

The European Union’s (EU) Framework programmes covering research and development have always been a major source of funding for UK researchers and innovators. The UK remains the second highest recipient of funding from Horizon 2020.

UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects in the European Union’s (EU) flagship programme Horizon 2020, as if the UK remained a Member State, even now the UK has left the EU.

For further information please see the UKRI webpage on EU exit.

The UK Research Office (UKRO, which is the European office of UK Research and Innovation) also maintains a factsheet on 'BREXIT and Continued UK Participation in EU Programmes for Research, Innovation and Higher Education'. This factsheet contains the latest information on the current UK situation in relation to Horizon 2020 and other EU funding schemes. You are invited to disseminate the link to this factsheet within your institutions and to your European and international partners.