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Published:  5 Dec 2023

United Kingdom joins Horizon Europe and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The association of the country will allow organisations and individuals to fully take part in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

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 As of 1 January 2024, the United Kingdom becomes an associated country to Horizon Europe, including the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

Organisations based in the UK will be able to participate as beneficiaries in the same terms as those based in the European Union and countries already associated to Horizon Europe.

The association will apply to MSCA calls for proposals launched as of 2024.

This includes the following schemes under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Researchers from the UK will continue to be able to participate in the programme, which is open to top researchers from all over the world.

Under the previous EU framework programme for research and innovation , Horizon 2020, the United Kingdom was one of the best performing countries in the Excellent Science programme part, which included MSCA.

UK-based organisations

  • took part in 31% of MSCA projects
  • represented 15% of all participations in the MSCA
  • received €1.16 billion between 2014 and 2020 under MSCA
  • attracted nearly 67,000 researchers


On 4 December 2023,  the EU-UK Specialised Committee on Participation in Union Programmes adopted the political agreement on United Kingdom's association to Horizon Europe and to the Copernicus component of the Space Programme.

The UK's association to Horizon Europe will deepen the EU's relationship with the UK in research and innovation, bringing together research communities to tackle global challenges such as climate change, digital transformation, and health.

The association Protocol adopted by the Committee is an integral part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The UK will contribute around €2.43 billion per year on average to the EU budget for its participation in Horizon Europe, and roughly €154 million for participation to Copernicus.

Published:  5 Dec 2023