The Government is urging UK businesses benefiting from Horizon 2020 research funding to register their details with the Government so that they can continue to receive money if the UK leaves the European Union with no deal.

The Government’s online portal was launched last September with the promise that it would guarantee funding for all successful UK funding bids submitted by public and private organisations before Brexit, including the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme.

The introduction of the online portal, managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has helped support the continuity of funding for UK organisations

The portal asks recipients to input basic information so that UK researchers and businesses can be informed of the next steps if the Government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 funding.

There have been around 5,500 registrations to the portal out of a potential 8,200. Around 1,000 registrations to date are from businesses, research organisations, public bodies and charities while the balance is from higher education institutions.

Commenting on the research programme, Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore said that the Government has guaranteed that UK organisations and businesses that receive EU science and research funding will continue to do so even if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal.

He added that he personally wants to ensure that researchers and innovators can continue with their great work, which is why he is urging them to register their details on the portal for Horizon 2020 grants. He added that registering only takes around 10 minutes per grant.

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