The Government has guaranteed funds for EU projects agreed up until the point at which the UK leaves the EU. This includes projects funded by Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds.
HM Treasury have stated that: "Where UK organisations bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis for EU funding projects while we are still a member of the EU, for example universities participating in Horizon 2020, the Treasury will underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK's departure from the EU".
Once the UK leaves the EU our ability to access EU funding for research and student mobility, and to recruit current levels of EU students and staff will depend on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and what kind of relationship the UK agrees with the EU.
We are working with the Russell Group, Universities UK and other national and local organisations to influence Government and to put forward the strongest possible case for the Higher Education sector.
We are calling for the UK’s continued engagement in EU research and innovation programmes, as well as sustained academic and student mobility including access to the EU programmes which support this. Above all, the Higher Education sector is clear about the urgent priority that Government needs to give to guaranteeing the residency and work rights of EU citizens and their dependants currently working in the UK. An encouraging sign is that ‘ensuring the United Kingdom remains the best place for science and innovation’ was one of the twelve guiding principles set out in the Brexit White Paper.
The University of Birmingham has also responded to the House of Commons’ Education Select Committee Inquiry on Brexit and HE and to the Treasury Select Committee’s Inquiry on Brexit and transitionary arrangements.