Funding competition Horizon Europe Guarantee – EIC 2021

This funding route is to deliver the UK Government’s Horizon Europe guarantee. Specifically it covers funding for successful applicants to the EIC 2021 Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator calls.

This competition is now closed.

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On 29 November, the government announced a new scheme that guarantees funding for successful applicants to the first wave of Horizon Europe grant awards regardless of the outcome of the UK’s efforts to associate to Horizon Europe. The guarantee is a short-term measure intended to address the delays in the formalisation of the UK’s association to Horizon Europe. To provide reassurance, the government has guaranteed funding for the first wave of eligible, successful applicants to Horizon Europe if they are unable to sign their grant agreements with the EU. This guarantee includes the EIC 2021 calls.

Funding type


Project size

Not applicable

Who can apply

Applicants will be eligible to register with UKRI for the Horizon Europe guarantee through this route if:

  • They are a UK-based organisation which has been successful through an EIC 2021 call, and which for the consortium grants remains a partner on the project and is listed on the EIC grant agreement as an Associate Partner.

N.B. We are not currently open for EIC Accelerator submissions. We will open to EIC Accelerator submissions once it is clear that UK association to Horizon Europe will not occur before you have to formalise your EU Grant Agreement. If you do submit your project details before that point you should be aware that your application will not be processed until it is confirmed that the grant will definitely not be funded by the EIC.

Template scope

The list below identifies the Horizon Europe calls included in this funding route:

  • 2021 EIC Accelerator Open, HORIZON-EIC-2021-ACCELERATOROPEN-01
  • 2021 EIC Pathfinder Open, HORIZON-EIC-2021-PATHFINDEROPEN-01
  • 2021 EIC Pathfinder Challenge, HORIZON-EIC-2021-PATHFINDERCHALLENGES-01
  • 2021 EIC Transition Open, HORIZON-EIC-2021-TRANSITIONOPEN-01
  • 2021 EIC Transition Challenge, HORIZON-EIC-2021-TRANSITIONCHALLENGES-01
21 February 2022
Competition opens
31 March 2022 11:00am
Competition closes
7 April 2022 2:54pm
Applicants notified

How to apply

The application is split into 3 sections:

  1. Project details
  2. Application questions
  3. Finances
Project details

Application details

The lead applicant must complete this section. Give your project’s title, start date and duration. For additional guidance on filling in this section please refer to the Annex of the Horizon Europe guarantee guidance.

Application questions

For these questions you will require:

  • Whole EIC grant agreement
  • Part A of EC proposal including budget table
  • Further information on any changes to your institution’s assigned tasks/budget during the grant agreement preparation

Tell us where your organisation is based

Your organisation must be based in the UK or a British Overseas Territory.

Participating organisation project region

Please select from the multiple choice answers the region in which your project is being carried out.

What EIC call have you been successfully evaluated for?

Please select below the Horizon Europe competition in which you have been successful.

Application Reference number

Enter the 8 digit reference number from your Horizon Europe application.

Please also attach the whole final EIC grant agreement. This is a mandatory upload and failure to include this may delay your application.

UK Funding contribution applied for (GBP)

Enter the amount of funding you have applied for in GBP pounds; a maximum exchange rate of £1:€1.160354 will be accepted. Please also attach Part A of your Horizon Europe application including the budget table.

Have the tasks assigned to your institution changed significantly since the original application?

If your assigned project tasks have changed in the process of finalising the EU grant agreement you will need to submit supporting information on what has changed and the consequent changes in budget request to UKRI from that originally applied for.

Please note that if we believe insufficient explanation of any changes and associated budget have been provided with your submission, we may ask for additional information to verify the UKRI grant amount. We will not accept any increase of budget from that originally applied for.

Will you, as a UK institution, be employing PhD students as part of this project?

You will need to state if you have budgeted for any PhD students, how many and how much funding is allocated to them in total.

Project finances

Please enter your total estimated costs in GBP as a single entry under the heading Other costs. This should match the value entered above in “UK funding contribution applied for”. Please do not enter costs under any other heading. Further details can be found on how to fill out this section in the Technical guidance.

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