Statement on the Referendum

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Following the outcome of the UK referendum on EU membership, Euraxess UK would like to offer some more information on the impact for researchers.

Science is now, and always has been, international. Ideas know no borders, and researchers work together across disciplines, countries and cultures to push the boundaries of knowledge and address the many challenges that face society today, whether these are Climate Change, infectious diseases, or how to address inequalities – within and between societies.  It is important to note that the UK University and research sector is more committed than ever to international collaboration and promoting an open, outward-looking and tolerant environment with strong relationships with our European partners.

The UK Treasury has confirmed that competitively funded EU projects will continue to be funded even if they extend beyond the UK’s departure from the EU, meaning that scientists and researchers based in the UK should continue to apply for competitive funding such as Horizon 2020 grants.

The EC Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation has addressed uncertainty around Horizon 2020 projects, stating that "for as long as the UK is a member of the European Union, EU law continues to apply and the UK retains all rights and obligations of a Member State. This of course includes the full eligibility for funding under Horizon 2020".  He also urged the European scientific community to select project partners based on quality and stressed that all projects would continue to be evaluated on merit and not nationality.  Full text available here.   

In December 2016, the UK government also confirmed that non-UK EU Students, applying for courses beginning in the academic year 2017/18, are eligible for financial support from the UK Research and Innovation.

We will continue to monitor developments and communicate any changes that may impact on the mobility of researchers and research opportunities. If you have any questions, or would like to report incidences where the referendum result has had a negative impact on your research career, please contact research@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Further information:

UKRI statement on international collaboration after the EU Referendum result: UK Research and Innovation

Universities UK have compiled a FAQ section on their website

UKRO Brexit factsheet providing the latest information on the current UK situation in relation to Horizon 2020 and other EU funding schemes: UKRO factsheet