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Find out more about the impact of Brexit on research projects.


Horizon Europe (1 January 2021 onwards)

The UK has confirmed, as part of its agreement with the EU, it will participate in Horizon Europe as an associated country. What this means is UK researchers and companies will be able to access funding from Horizon Europe on the same basis as other EU countries. The next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement taking into consideration the finalised EU Programme Regulations. If you have any questions/concerns please contact grants@luris.nl.

Erasmus + (from 1 January 2021)

The UK will no longer participate in the Erasmus + programme. A similar scheme has been developed, and the new Turing scheme will start in September 2021, providing similar opportunities for students to study and work abroad.

H2020 and other EU funding schemes to 31 December 2020

The UK withdrawal agreement means the UK can continue to participate in EU programmes including Horizon 2020, which are financed by the 2014-2020 Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure, like any other Member State.

Horizon 2020 Green Deal Call

Since the EU Green Deal Call falls under Horizon 2020 the UK can participate as any other EU Member State, as the call is financed from the 2014-2020 MFF, despite the deadline being 26 January 2021.

Impact of Brexit on research projects

The UK’s departure from the European Union may have an impact on some joint research projects and activities. All existing contracts involving UK partners should be reviewed for potential consequences (for example on arrangements on the exchange of personal data) and you should consult with the Luris legal team for advice when entering into new contracts involving UK partners.

Re-read existing contracts

The UK’s departure from the European Union does not invalidate contracts willingly entered into by parties in the UK and the Netherlands. However, we recommend that you carefully re-read your contracts with UK partner institutions to see if there are any provisions referring to EU directives. Contact luresearchcontracts@luris.nl to discuss potential legal risks in regard to research contracts.

New contracts

When entering into new research contracts involving partners from the UK, you are advised to consult Luris legal team (via luresearchcontracts@luris.nl) particularly if intellectual property rights are involved and/or if the contract will be subject to UK law.

Personal Data

If the exchange of personal data (including coded data) is part of a current or future research project, the privacy officers should be consulted.

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