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Research Operations Office


The Government has made it clear that the referendum result will have no immediate effect on those applying to Horizon 2020. The UK’s status as a full, participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote – existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise.

UK institutions also remain fully eligible to apply to all funding schemes of Horizon 2020. The University shall continue to monitor the situation and update staff with any developments through the EU Queries website and other appropriate channels.For the statement of the VC of the University of Cambridge on the result of the referendum please click here.

Horizon 2020 - The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, has replaced the Framework Programme (FP7). Running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget, Horizon 2020 is intended to form a key part of the overall drive to create new growth and jobs across Europe, combining research and innovation in a unique programm.


The support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will have the following main goals:

  • Strengthen the EU's position in science with a dedicated budget of € 24 598 million. This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including an increase in funding of 77% for the very successful European Research Council
  • Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation € 17 938 million. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs
  • Provide € 31 748 million to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population

For further information and regular updates on Horizon 2020 funding, please visit the European Commission's Horizon 2020 web pages


A 'Condensed Horizon 2020'  and 'Legal and Finance' factsheets have been compiled by the UK Research Office and can be accessed at the links below using your Raven account. These should not be circulated outside of the University.


Contact the Research Operations Office European Team:

Assistant Director for Biological Sciences & EU Matters

Renata Schaeffer

Tel: 01223 761648

European & International Policy Manager 

Laura Carletti

Tel: 01223 748098

EC Coordinator Grants Manager

Catherine Hill

Tel: 01223 761647

European & International Research Facilitator - ERC Matters 

Francesca Nieto

Tel: 01223 335501

Senior EC Support Advisor - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Matters

Peter Martin

Tel: 01223 763141 

EC Research Support Advisors - Financial Matters

Pasquale Raiola

Tel: 01223 766736

The University's EC PIC code: 999977172