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EU Energy Focus

The EU Energy Focus service is a free UK government-funded service, that aims to ensure that UK organisations are well informed and have every chance of success in applying for and securing European funding for energy-related projects. It provides support for a range of European funding opportunities with a focus on Horizon Europe, but also covering opportunities such as the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. The service includes confidential, one-to-one discussion of proposal ideas, webinars on upcoming and current Calls for Proposals, consortium building support and review of draft proposals.

UK Association to Horizon Europe

As part of the future relationship agreement reached between the UK and the EU on 24 December, the UK has announced that it will associate to Horizon Europe, in principle, subject to both the ratification of the overall deal and satisfactory finalisation of the regulations. Horizon Europe is the EU’s research and innovation programme that will run from 2021 to 2027, the successor to Horizon 2020.

Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms to organisations in EU member states. The next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement taking into account the finalised EU Programme Regulations.

The timeline for UK association is to be confirmed but draft text in the EU-UK Declarations sets out an ambition for the UK to associate to Horizon Europe in time to participate from the beginning of the programmes. The first Calls for Proposals for the new Climate, Energy and Mobility Cluster are expected to be launched in May 2021.

The UK also reached agreement with the EU and Euratom to associate to the next Euratom Research & Training (R&T) Programme 2021-2025 subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the regulations.

Horizon 2020

Following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January 2020, UK scientists, researchers and businesses continue to be eligible to participate in Horizon 2020 programmes, as partners and coordinators, and receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual projects, including if the project finishes after 1 January 2021.

Existing projects and successful bids submitted to Calls funded under the Horizon 2020 budget will continue to receive grant funding directly from the Commission.

A very limited number of UK Horizon 2020 projects, which involve access to security-related sensitive information restricted for EU Member States, may be unable to continue after EU Exit in their current form. The government expects the European Commission to inform participants if this is the case. Any affected UK grant holders should contact UKRI at [email protected] 

For details on other areas of Horizon 2020 please visit the UKRI & EU Exit webpage.

UK Technology Stakeholder Groups

The EU Energy Focus team coordinates stakeholder groups for bioenergy, solar, wind, CCS, smart cities, smart grids, ocean and energy efficiency. Stakeholder group membership is an opportunity to help influence future Work Programme content; receive the latest news on Work Programme development; and build your networks and knowledge to take advantage of these funding opportunities.

Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you would like more information or would like to join any of these groups.

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