UK withdrawal from the EU

Following the outcome of the EU referendum and the triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017, there will be an inevitable degree of uncertainty over the future of EU sourced research funding, whether this comes directly from the European Commission or indirectly via Structural Funds administered by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). These pages are intended to provide up to date and accurate information on the implications for this funding of the UK withdrawal from the EU. They will be updated whenever robust factual information is made available.

Information relating to student, staff and other non-research and enterprise funding matters will be provided elsewhere by the University. Please look for updates on the main University Website and on www.bangor.ac.uk/hr/brexit

The triggering of Article 50 to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate change to the UK university sector’s eligibility to participate in EU programmes. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided. Universities UK (UUK), the group representing UK universities, is working with UK government and liaising with the UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels and the European Commission.

Both The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and UKRO are collecting evidence for any issues or concerns UK organisations may have following the EU Referendum. Email Research@beis.gov.uk or ukro@bbsrc.ac.uk

Whilst the result of the referendum may, in the long term, result in very significant changes to the funding climate for university research, during the negotiation period there remain significant opportunities to apply for funding for our excellent research. We should take every opportunity to apply for such funds.

Horizon 2020

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and will not change during the expected 2 year negotiation period until the UK legally leaves the EU.

On Saturday 13 August 2016 the UK Treasury guaranteed to underwrite funding for the entire duration of projects for any competitively won EU bids (e.g. H2020) while the UK is still a member of the EU.
Treasury statement 13/08/2016

All projects submitted before the UK legally leaves the EU are covered by this guarantee, even if the evaluation results and/ or grant agreement are not in place at that time.

The European Commission has included a statement in the briefing for expert evaluators for H2020 projects:
"Until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, both when it comes to rights and obligations. This includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions. Experts should not evaluate proposals with UK participants any differently than before".

ERC and Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions

Both programmes are part of H2020 and are therefore covered by the same financial guarantee.

WEFO – European Regional Development Fund & European Social Fund

The status of large parts of Wales, including Gwynedd and Anglesey, as qualifying areas for regional development Structural Funds under the current West Wales and the Valleys Programme has not changed as a result of triggering Article 50 and we would not expect to see any changes during the expected 2 year negotiation period until the UK legally leaves the EU.

On Saturday 13 August 2016 the UK Treasury guaranteed to underwrite funding for the entire duration of projects for any Structural Funds projects signed before the autumn statement 2016 (and for some projects possibly even beyond that date).

Treasury statement 13/08/2016

And on Monday 3 October 2016 the UK Treasury extended this guarantee for funding approved while the UK is still a member of the EU.

Treasury statement 03/10/2016

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

European Territorial Cooperation

  • Interreg – Ireland Wales Co-operation
  • Atlantic Area
  • Northwest Europe

All of these funds are all covered by the same guarantee as ERDF and ESF funding.

Life Programme

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Life Programme has not changed as a result of triggering Article 50 and will not change during the expected 2 year negotiation period until the UK legally leaves the EU.

On Saturday 13 August 2016 the UK Treasury guaranteed to underwrite funding for the entire duration of projects for any competitively won EU bids while the UK is still a member of the EU.

Treasury statement 13/08/2016

The LIFE National Contact Point for the UK has confirmed that this guarantee covers the LIFE programme.

LIFE National Contact Point statement

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for climate action, nature conservation and the environment.

Creative Europe Programme

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Creative Europe programme has not changed as a result of triggering Article 50 and will not change during the expected 2 year negotiation period until the UK legally leaves the EU.

On Saturday 13 August 2016 the UK Treasury guaranteed to underwrite funding for the entire duration of projects for any competitively won EU bids while the UK is still a member of the EU.

Treasury statement 13/08/2016

The Creative Europe Desk for the UK has confirmed that this guarantee covers the Creative Europe programme.

Creative Europe Desk UK statement

The Creative Europe programme is the EU’s funding instrument for cultural, creative and the audiovisual sectors.

Erasmus+ Programme

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Erasmus+ Programme has not changed as a result of triggering Article 50 and will not change during the expected 2 year negotiation period until the UK legally leaves the EU.

On Saturday 13 August 2016 the UK Treasury guaranteed to underwrite funding for the entire duration of projects for any competitively won EU bids while the UK is still a member of the EU.

Treasury statement 13/08/2016

The National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK has confirmed that this guarantee covers the Erasmus+ programme.

National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK statement

All other EU funding programmes: including Health Programme, etc.

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the EU has not changed as a result of triggering Article 50 and will not change during the expected 2 year negotiation period until the UK legally leaves the EU. UK participants are currently eligible to apply for any European funding programmes.