Working at Imperial 

We have listed the most common questions about Brexit and working at Imperial below. If you have further questions, please contact: brexit.advice@imperial.ac.uk

Update: The UK will leave the EU with a deal on 31 January 2020. There will be a transition period until at least 31 December 2020 during which no changes to current arrangements with Europe will take place.

  • This means there will be no change to border arrangements and you can continue to travel as you do now during this time. National identity cards will remain valid to enter the UK during this time, but this is likely to change in 2021 (31 December 2025 for Swiss citizens). We recommend that EU/EEA/Swiss citizens get a passport in as soon as possible if they have not got one already. EU/EEA/Swiss staff can still apply to the EU settlement scheme to retain their right to live and work in the UK.

  • There will be no changes to access to Horizon 2020 during 2020. UK researchers will continue to be eligible for funding and should continue to apply, including to ERC grants. There are still over 300 open Horizon 2020 calls. Get in touch with the Imperial EU team to find out more.

Please note: This content is reviewed regularly. If there has been an update to the content within the last fortnight there will be an asterisk (*) next to the relevant question. Each answer will display the dates when it was last updated and reviewed, e.g. (Updated 10/01/20 | Reviewed 10/01/20).

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen. How will my immigration status be affected by Brexit?

The UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live, work and study here and access public services, such as healthcare, and benefits.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU

To retain these rights, all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to apply for UK immigration status (either settled or pre-settled status) under the EU Settlement Scheme. You can find more information, including details about how Imperial will continue to support staff and students, on our dedicated EU Settlement Scheme FAQs

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 will have until 30 June 2021 to apply. 

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving in the UK after the UK leaves the EU

After we leave the EU, there will be a transition period during which freedom of movement will continue until the new immigration system comes into force on 1 January 2021.

This means there will be no change to border arrangements and you can continue to travel as you do now during this time. National identity cards will remain valid to enter the UK during this time, but this is likely to change in 2021 (31 December 2025 for Swiss citizens). We recommend that EU/EEA/Swiss citizens get a passport in as soon as possible if they have not got one already. EU/EEA/Swiss staff can still apply to the EU settlement scheme to retain their right to live and work in the UK.

Right To Work Evidence

Regardless of the date they arrive in the UK, there will be no change to the documents EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to provide to evidence their Right To Work until 1 January 2021 when the new immigration system is implemented.

You can find more detailed information in our dedicated EU Settlement Scheme FAQs

 (Updated 14/01/20 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

How would data sharing be impacted by a no-deal Brexit?

I’m concerned about Brexit. What is Imperial doing?

On the morning of the 2016 Brexit referendum result, Imperial’s President Alice Gast made it clear that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university.” We have lived up to that – and we will do so, whatever political challenges we may face.

We are working to influence government, officials and politicians in Westminster and Brussels.

  • We are making the case for continued access to EU programmes supporting excellent research, and guarantees on the rights of EU citizens.
  • As the UK reviews its entire immigration system, we are campaigning for visa reforms that will offer easier access for global talent, including international staff, students and recent graduates.
  • We have formed a seed fund to support new European research collaborations and are developing new European partnerships, such as that between Imperial Department of Mathematics and France’s CNRS research agency and Imperial and the Technical University Munich.

Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities. It’s why Imperial is the UK’s most international university, and it’s one of the reasons we’re among the world’s top ten universities.

 

 

EU research funding at Imperial

The most common questions on Brexit and EU research funding at Imperial are listed below. If you have further questions, please contact brexit.advice@imperial.ac.uk.

Update: The UK will leave the EU with a deal on 31 January 2020. There will be a transition period until at least 31 December 2020 during which no changes to current arrangements with Europe will take place.

  • There will be no changes to access to Horizon 2020 during 2020. UK researchers will continue to be eligible for funding and should continue to apply, including to ERC grants. There are still over 300 open Horizon 2020 calls. Get in touch with the Imperial EU team to find out more.

 

Research FAQs

What does the UK government’s guarantees mean for Horizon 2020 funding?

In the event of a no-deal exit from the EU, the UK government has pledged to ensure the continued involvement of the UK research and innovation community in H2020 as far as possible. There are three components

  1. The Horizon 2020 Guarantee. This covers the continuation of funding of all ongoing eligible grants and successful bids submitted to the H2020 programme before EU Exit, even if outcomes of proposals are not known until after EU Exit. All H2020 Guarantee funding is committed for the lifetime of the project

  2. The Horizon 2020 Guarantee extension. This covers all successful bids submitted to H2020 after EU Exit that the UK is eligible to bid for in its new status as a non-Member State and third-party country. Funding would be committed for the lifetime of projects.

  3. The independent assessment of ‘In-flight’ applications to mono-beneficiary elements of the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the EIC Accelerator (formerly SME Instrument). This comes into effect if the European Commission stops evaluating UK bids to these mono-beneficiary schemes that are submitted before EU Exit.  In this case, UKRI will take over the independent assessment of these proposals and additional UK government funding would be made available to support successful projects for their duration.

(Updated 25/10/19 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

I don’t see “Horizon 2020” referred to in my project or grant agreement or in the proposal I am interested in. Does the guarantee apply?

The guarantees apply to Horizon 2020, Research Fund for Coal and Steel, and Euratom R&T projects. 

They also apply to grants awarded through Public-to-Public Partnerships (P2Ps) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs):

  • Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs; also referred to as Article 187 Joint Undertakings) including Innovative Medicines Initiative, Clean Sky 2, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, Bio-based Industries
  • Contractual Public Private Partnerships (cPPPs)
  • Future Emerging Technology Flagships (FET-Flagships)
  • Article 185s including the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
  • European Innovation and Industrial Technology Knowledge and Innovate Communities (EIT-KICs)
  • European Research Area Network Cofunds (ERA-Net Cofunds)
  • European Joint Programme Cofunds (EJP Cofunds)
  • Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs)

Please contact the EU Team for any further questions.

(Updated 25/10/19 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

Will my existing grants stop when the UK leaves the EU?

The UK will leave the EU with a deal on 31 January. Nothing will change for existing EU grant holders and those whose grants are due to begin.  Funding from the European Commission will continue for the full duration of the grant.

 

(Updated 13/01/20 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

Should I apply for new grants?

Yes, you should continue to apply for new grants. The UK’s status will not change during 2020. Imperial researchers are continuing to apply for and win European research funding and the College is supporting new applications.

There are still many calls open across all of Horizon 2020 until the end of December 2020, including ERC grants and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. 

Please get in touch with the EU Team to discuss your interests.

(Updated 13/01/20 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

What about grant applications that will be evaluated after the UK has left the EU?

The UK will leave the EU with a deal on 31 January. During 2020, all grant applications will be evaluated as before by the European Commission. 

Please get in touch with the EU Team if you are interested in submitting a bid. 

(Updated 13/01/20 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

 

 

How will the guarantee work? Do I have to register my grant or proposal with the UK government?

Recipients of H2020 funding have been asked to register their details on a dedicated portal on the UK government’s website.  The College’s Research Office submitted and continues to submit details on grants to UKRI. Individual researchers should NOT submit any data to the UKRI Portal.

If the UK does leave the EU without a deal and deadlines to receive or apply for guarantee funding approach, individual researchers should wait for communications from the College.

(Updated 25/10/19 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

I am a participant in a COST action.

COST Actions (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) are funded through Horizon 2020. As a result, the government funding guarantee and extension will fund eligible UK participation in COST Actions until the end of 2020.

(Updated 25/10/19 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

I don’t see my funding source referred to in any of the questions above.

If you receive funding from an EU sources outside of those described above, please see this page for other EU programmes.

(Updated 25/10/19 | Reviewed 17/01/20)

Travel

Travel FAQ

Will travel be affected?

Between the date on which the UK leaves the EU and 31 December 2020, a transition period will apply and all travel will continue as normal. 

 (Updated 14/01/20 | Reviewed 17/01/20)