The EU and Research - Our Pledge

The University of Nottingham is responding to the UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU) by strengthening our commitments as a global institution.

We are unwavering in our dedication to world-class research with international partners and we will continue to retain, develop and attract the best and brightest researchers from across Europe and the world.

Central to this vision is our determination to build successful relationships with the University's current and future EU and international researchers.

We pledge to:

  • seek new, long-lasting relationships with institutions and commercial research partners across Europe and beyond
  • secure new investments in European partnerships, including funds for PhD students, and compete for international funding from all sources including Horizon 2020 ERC, Marie Sklodowska-Curie programmes and Erasmus
  • join the UK research community in lobbying for a continuing leading role in EU research projects

Professor Dame Jessica Corner recently sent out a statement to staff on the Government’s commitment to underwrite Horizon 2020 funding.

The diversity of our research activities grew out of a commitment to work with the brightest minds and the best organisations wherever they are in the world. This commitment has not changed: we collaborate with partners worldwide and will continue to do so into the future.

For at least two years, and possibly much longer as the UK's negotiations continue, nothing changes. Tuition fees agreed with current European research students will not be affected. This also applies to those due to commence study in the 2016/17 academic year.

If you want more information about how the UK leaving the EU may affect you as an EU student, please consult our international office pages.

Progress in Brexit negotiations gives UK continued access to EU research funding for the duration of Horizon 2020

In early December 2017, The UK Government and European Union Negotiators concluded phase one Brexit negotiations and published a   joint report. Based on the joint report, and the agreement of the EU to move on to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, it is understood that the UK will continue to benefit from EU programmes during the period 2019-2020 after formal Brexit, including from Horizon 2020.

It is expected that UK-based individuals and organisations will therefore remain eligible to bid for funding, participate in and lead consortia including for calls in 2019 and 2020. If an agreement is reached, projects approved during this period will be able to continue with an uninterrupted flow of EU funding.

Directly from the report:

Following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the MFF 2014-2020 until their closure… Accordingly, the eligibility to apply to participate in Union programmes and Union funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the Union for the entire lifetime of such projects.”

While the fact that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed at the end of the negotiations leaves room for some uncertainty, this is nonetheless excellent news for researchers wishing to continue to apply for funding, and, in line with the statements from Professor Dame Jessica Corner, PVC for Research and Knowledge Exchange, the University fully encourages and supports participation in Horizon 2020 projects – be they European Research Council, Marie Sklodowska-Curie or multi-partner collaborative funding. More funding is available now than at the start of Horizon 2020 and support, including direct proposal preparation support, is available. Please contact Matthew Rackley in Research and Innovation if you are applying for EU funding or if you would like advice on EU funding or the support available.



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