Brexit: the Erasmus and Horizon programmes Contents

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, chaired by Lord Jay of Ewelme, has launched an inquiry into the UK’s future participation in the student exchange programme Erasmus and Horizon 2020 funding for university research. The inquiry will focus on the short- and long-term impact of leaving the EU on the UK’s participation in both programmes. The Sub-Committee is limiting its focus on Horizon to the effect of Brexit on funding for university research.

This is a public call for written evidence to be submitted to the Committee. The deadline is Wednesday 21 November. The Committee values diversity and seeks to ensure this wherever possible. How to submit evidence is set out later in this document, but if you have any questions or require adjustments to enable you to respond, please contact the staff of the Committee. We look forward to hearing from a range of interested individuals and organisations.

Inquiry focus

Erasmus and Horizon 2020 are among several EU programmes with a focus on education and skills collaboration. The Government is committed to participation in these programmes until the end of their current phases in 2020, but upon exit from the EU, the UK will no longer fulfil eligibility criteria for full membership.

After the UK leaves the EU, it is unclear whether or how the UK will continue to participate in these programmes. The Government has indicated that it will seek continued association with both programmes, but the substance and cost of these arrangements are still unclear.

Under the terms of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement published in March 2018, the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 in 2019 and 2020 (the transition period) as this was already committed under the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014–2020.

Further, the Government has issued a guarantee to UK organisations that it will underwrite successful funding bids from EU programmes where the bids had been submitted before the UK’s planned departure from the EU on 29 March 2019.3 In the event of no Brexit deal being reached, these organisations would continue to receive funding until the end of their projects. An extension to this guarantee was issued in July 2018, which underwrites funding for successful bids submitted until the end of 2020.

The Committee is interested in how changes to the UK’s association with the Erasmus and Horizon programmes might affect UK students, researchers, and universities. This includes in the event of no deal or, should agreement be reached, after the transition period.

The Committee is seeking evidence on the following questions. Submissions need not address all questions.


Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe

A no deal scenario

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