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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 April 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.

Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you would like to find out more about the plans for Horizon Europe and UK participation.

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