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Research Operations Office


Published on Fri, 14/01/2022 - 15:51

We are pleased to announce that the University has been notified of the first tranche of successful applications under the Horizon Europe funding programme.  Work is underway between the Research Operations Office, Departments and PIs to prepare the Grant Agreements for the recently awarded projects. 

The UK government position remains that their priority is association to Horizon Europe, following the Trade and Cooperation Agreement from last year, and that it is ready to formalise UK association. As such, we are preparing the Grant Agreements in line with this position. However, we are mindful that the on-going delays have led to uncertainty for researchers, businesses, innovators based in the UK and EU co-ordinators. The situation is now pressing due to the up-coming Grant Agreement preparation deadlines.  

The UK government has issued additional guidance on their scheme that guarantees funding for successful applicants to the first wave of Horizon Europe grant awards. The guarantee is a short-term measure for those who are unable to sign grant agreements with the EU prior to the formalisation of the UK's association to the programme. In this situation, funding will be delivered through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and further details, guidance and FAQs are available on their website.  

Currently, the advice remains to prepare the Grant Agreements with the expectation that full association will be forthcoming, however we are working to ensure processes are in place should the UKRI guarantee be required.