Working at Imperial 

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

Please note: This content is reviewed every week. 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 01/03/19 | Reviewed 08/03/19).

Frequently Asked Questions

How might a no deal-Brexit affect the College community?

A no deal Brexit could result in the following outcomes taking effect when the UK leaves the EU:

  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who are resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU would continue to be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, until at least 31 December 2020.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving in the UK from the date of exit to 31 December 2020 can continue to come to the UK, to live, work and study without applying for a visa in advance, using a valid EU/EEA/Swiss passport or national identity card as they do now.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens intending to stay in the UK for more than three months would need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain within three months of arriving in the UK and, if intending to stay for more than three years for study or work reasons, might need to apply for a visa to cover any period of stay beyond three years;
  • the UK’s ability to participate in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ could change;
  • travel may be disrupted.

More detailed information on these is set out below.

 (Updated 24/04/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

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

Regardless of the outcome of the Brexit process, 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

In the event of a no deal BrexitEU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to be resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU and will need to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.

If there is a deal, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 would have until 30 June 2021 to apply. 

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

In the event of a no deal Brexit, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study as follows:

  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens intending to stay for less than 3 months will not need to apply for any immigration status or visa.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens intending to stay for more than 3 months will need to make an online application for European Temporary Leave to Remain within 3 months of arriving in the UK. Those granted European Temporary Leave to Remain will be able to stay for 36 months from the date of application.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens wishing to remain for longer than 36 months will need to apply for an immigration status under the new skills-based immigration system which will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

If there is a deal, freedom of movement will continue until the new immigration system comes into force on 1 January 2021. 

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 24/04/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

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 a.wolthuizen@imperial.ac.uk

Research FAQs

What does the new Brexit extension mean for Horizon 2020 funding?*

The UK and the EU have agreed to extend the Brexit process until 31 October.  

The extension means that UK researchers will continue to be eligible to apply for and receive Horizon 2020 funding while the UK remains a member state. UK institutions can fully participate in all Horizon 2020 calls for proposals, including the ERC, with deadlines before 31 October.

  • In the event of a deal being agreed before 31 October, the transition period will come into effect and the UK can participate fully in Horizon 2020 until the end of the programme in December 2020. 
  • In the event of no deal being reached before 31 October (and no further extensions agreed), the UK government underwrite would come into operation and all successful UK applicants for Horizon 2020 funding announced between now and the date the UK does leave the UK, as well as those informed of a successful outcome after any future exit date.   

The new deadline means the UK will be able to participate in the following Horizon 2020 calls:

European Research Council

  • 2019 Advanced Grant call closing on 29 August
  • Proof of Concept call closing on 19 September
  • 2020 Starting Grant call closing on 16 October and
  • 2020 Synergy Grant call closing on 5 November (this call will be covered by the government underwrite guarantee)

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions

  • Individual Fellowships call closing 11 September

Societal Challenges

  • Over 200 calls for collaborative R&I projects across all Pillar 3 topics

Imperial strongly encourages PIs to continue to apply for Horizon 2020 funding and the EU Team will run presentations with more information closer to the deadline. More information can be found on the EU Team’s website.

 (Updated 16/07/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

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

No. Regardless of outcome of the Brexit process, the UK government has committed to underwrite payments of Horizon 2020 awards.

If there is a deal 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.

If there is no deal the government’s underwrite guarantee, administered by UKRI, will apply to existing EU grant holders and those whose grants are due to begin, including ERC and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. Funding will continue.

Imperial researchers are continuing to apply for, and win, European research funding, and the College is supporting new applications. 

(Updated 25/03/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

 

Should I apply for new grants?

Yes, you should continue to apply for new grants.

In the event that the deal is not approved, the government has committed to underwriting Horizon 2020 funding for all successful UK bids submitted before exit, even if they are notified of their success after exit, for the lifetime of the projects.

Under a no deal, UK researchers would be able to apply to and participate in all Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participants after the UK leaves the EU. The UK government has committed to funding UK participants’ funding in these calls for the full duration of their projects, even if they last beyond 2020.

For ERC and MSCA grants, dee dedicated FAQ below.

 (Updated 02/04/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

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

Under both a deal or no deal, the UK government has committed to underwrite payments of Horizon 2020 awards so that it covers grant applications for funding streams open to third country participation (i.e. multi-beneficiary grants) that are submitted after the UK leaves the EU under any scenario. 

Imperial researchers are continuing to apply for, and win, European research funding, and the College is supporting new applications. 

For ERC and MSCA grants, dee dedicated FAQ below.

(Updated 25/03/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

What will happen to my ERC grant or MSCA fellowship?*

I am an existing ERC grant or MSCA fellowship holder (in progress or about to begin)

If there is a deal nothing will change for existing ERC and MSCA grant holders and those whose grants are due to begin. Funding from the European Commission will continue for the full duration of the grant.

If there is no deal the government’s underwrite guarantee, administered by UKRI, will apply to existing ERC and MSCA grant holders and those whose grants are due to begin. Funding will continue.

I am in the process of applying for an ERC/MSCA grant

If there is a deal nothing will change for ERC and MSCA bids submitted pre-exit. Funding from the European Commission will continue for the full duration of the grant.

If there is no deal, the UK government’s underwrite guarantee will administer ERC and MSCA bids submitted pre-Brexit which are successful. Funding will continue.

I am planning to submit an application after Brexit

If there is a deal ERC and MSCA  applications will continue to be funded to the end of the Horizon 2020 programme and for the lifetime of the projects. In the meantime negotiations on the UK’s future relationship to Horizon Europe will take place.

If there is no deal, we have less certainty for ERC and MSCA applications submitted after the Brexit date. This uncertainty applies to two areas:

·         First the date of Brexit is uncertain. The new extension means that the new no-deal deadline is 31 October 2019. If the UK left before, it would be most likely with a deal in which case we could continue to participate fully in H2020 until the end of the programme. The new deadline means the UK will be able to participate in the ERC 2019 Advanced Grant call closing on 29 August, the Proof of Concept call closing on  19 September, the 2020 Starting Grant call closing on 16 October and the 2020 Synergy Grant call closing on 5 November (the latter will be covered by the underwrite). 

·         Second, the UK’s post-EU exit guarantee extension does not apply to ERC and MSCA grants because under existing EU rules UK academics would not be able to apply to the ERC or for MSCA fellowships after Brexit if there is no deal.  We do not yet know whether the European Commission would amend the rules to permit UK proposals.  We know that, if there is no deal, UKRI is considering launching an ERC-equivalent scheme but details are not yet available.

Despite the continued uncertainty, you should continue to submit ERC and MSCA bids with College support.

If you have any questions about your existing ERC grant or MSCA fellowship, or future bids for either of these, please contact Carole Meads, c.meads@imperial.ac.uk

(Updated 16/07/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

How will the underwrite guarantee work?

Current UK recipients of Horizon 2020 funding have been asked to register their details on a dedicated portal on the UK government’s website. The College’s Research Office submitted details on all current FP7 and Horizon 2020 awards to UKRI last year, and continue to submit details on new projects each month. Individual researchers at Imperial should NOT submit any data to the UKRI Portal.

The portal is designed to ensure that UKRI has information about projects in order to keep institutions informed of the next steps regarding the implementation of underwrite payments, should they be required.

The portal will remain open after the UK leaves the EU so that UK applicants can continue to register as and when they are informed that their bid has been successful.

Read the Government guidance on UK participation in Horizon 2020 (pdf)

(Updated 25/03/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

Will the UK participate in the successor programme to Horizon 2020?

The UK government has said it intends to seek participation in Horizon Europe as an Associated Country, and Imperial is campaigning for this.

(Updated 18/10/18 | Reviewed 19/07/19)

Travel

Travel FAQ

Will travel be affected?

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, a transition period will apply and all travel will continue as normal. 

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal in October, there will be no transition period and travel disruption is expected. Delays are possible at airports and ports, especially around the day that the UK will leave. Please do check before you travel and see our no deal travel guidance note for more information.

(Updated 24/04/19 | Reviewed 19/07/19)