The UK will associate to Horizon Europe, subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the Horizon Europe Programme regulations. The programme is due to begin in January 2021 and NI researchers and businesses are strongly encouraged to form collaborative partnerships with international counterparts and prepare to bid into Horizon Europe. Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the Programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries.

Horizon Europe will keep the same focus on excellent research of its predecessor, Horizon 2020. Funding calls will be based on three main areas: Excellent science, Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness, and Innovative Europe.

For current UK recipients of Horizon 2020 funding, the terms and conditions will remain the same as agreed under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding – GOV.UK (

Additional detail on Horizon Europe will be included in a protocol to the main Agreement once the regulations establishing the programmes are settled.

Further details are available on the UK Government and UK Research and Innovation websites:-

Agreements reached between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Union – GOV.UK (

Working on EU-funded projects – UKRI

UKRO EU Funded Programmes

A Horizon Europe funding webinar will be hosted by the NI Contact Point Network on 29th January 2021, see the events page for more details.

As more information becomes available, key points for the NI research community the Horizon website will be updated. Follow @H2020NI on Twitter to keep up to date on local announcements and events.

Horizon 2020 NI