This page contains updates from the UK Research Office collating updates from the European Commission on the impact of Coronavirus on research applications and awards.
For Horizon 2020 and EU funded projects, in the absence of any instruction to the contrary from the EC, participants should continue to advise the Project Officer and/or (in the case of a collaborative project) the Coordinator in the case of any circumstance that is likely to affect the implementation of the project.
Update from UKRO 27th March 2020
European Commission Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Horizon 2020 Projects
The European Commission has published answers to two Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on Horizon 2020 projects and calls for proposals. The Commission FAQ list was updated on Friday, March 27th and an Excel version of the FAQ document from the EC Portal page can be found here: 270320 European Commission FAQs [xls].
Confirmed new deadlines for Horizon 2020 calls
The following new deadlines have now been confirmed on the Funding and Tenders Portal:
- H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020 – Deadline moved from 17 March 2020 to 14 May 2020
- H2020-INFRAINNOV-2019-2020 – Deadline moved from 17 March 2020 to 14 May 2020
- H2020-INFRASUPP-2018-2020 – Deadline moved from 17 March 2020 to 14 May 2020
- H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 – Deadline moved from 26 March 2020 to 21 April 2020
- H2020-NSUP-2020 – Deadline moved from 26 March 2020 to 2 April 2020
- H2020-INNOSUP-2018-2020 – Deadline moved from 2 April 2020 to 15 April 2020
- H2020-SC1-BHC-2018-2020 – Deadline moved from 7 April 2020 to 4 June 2020
- H2020-SC1-DTH-2018-2020 – Deadline moved from 7 April 2020 to 18 June 2020
- H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2018-2020 – Deadline moved from 7 April 2020 to 18 June 2020
- H2020-SwafS-2018-2020 – Deadline moved from 15 April 2020 to 23 April 2020
- Horizon Impact Award 2020 – Deadline moved from 2 April 2020 to 15 April 2020
All deadlines are at 17:00 CET (Brussels time) and are provided by UKRO for information only. For legally binding information on call deadlines, please, visit the Funding and Tenders Portal.
Research Executive Agency
On 18 March, the Research Executive Agency (REA), responsible for the implementation of several parts of Horizon 2020, updated its pages on business continuity measures. In addition to earlier messages about extended Horizon 2020 call deadlines, new information on remote evaluation and grant management is now available. Evaluations of ongoing and upcoming proposals are being organised remotely. Furthermore, grant management activities are continuing, however REA response time may be affected due to IT constraints. Finally, beneficiaries are encouraged to follow @REA_research on Twitter, as decisions may change anytime due to exceptional circumstances.
European Research Council
The ERC have posted a statement on their website stating that they are doing their upmost to remain fully operational during this period, that grant management activities continue as normal (although technical issues may slow some processes down) and that panel evaluations are currently being organised remotely. They do not currently anticipate any delays to evaluations or application deadlines.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
The Research Executive Agency (REA) have released a statement advising grantees and fellows to follow the travel advice provided by national authorities and to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel where possible. REA will adopt a flexible approach towards projects, which fail to meet grant agreement obligations due to the COVID-19 containment measures, and may apply the rules on force majeure, or extend the duration of projects. Projects will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and grantees and fellows should speak to their Project Officer if they require support.