The government’s statement concerning Horizon 2020

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The referendum result does not entail the immediate withdrawal from European funding opportunities and the UK Government has confirmed that Horizon 2020 research funding granted before the UK leaves the EU will be underwritten by the Treasury a er the UK leaves.

Clarity on the UK’s continued participation in the Horizon 2020 programme has also been provided by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science. These statements, reproduced below, make it clear that there is no immediate impact on UK participation within Horizon 2020.

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“Until the end of the negotiations, UK remains Member of the EU and therefore with all the rights and obligations, including in relation to Research Programmes like Horizon 2020. From a legal point of view, the outcome of the referendum has not changed anything. The EU law continues to apply in full to the UK and in the UK until the moment it is no longer a Member State.”

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

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“Until the end of the negotiations, UK remains Member of the EU and therefore with all the rights and obligations, including in relation to Research Programmes like Horizon 2020. From a legal point of view, the outcome of the referendum has not changed anything. The EU law continues to apply in full to the UK and in the UK until the moment it is no longer a Member State.”

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Participation in future European funding programmes

The ATI is playing an active role, supporting the Government as it reviews the consequences of the referendum result and considers the best arrangement for UK R&I that is funded by or closely associated with European funding opportunities.