University of Bath

Brexit advice for staff involved in research

Information about EU funding, equipment purchasing, data protection and information security.

Horizon 2020 funding and collaborations

For the latest information on Horizon 2020 funding visit the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) website.

The government has published its guarantee for EU-funded programmes if there’s no Brexit deal and guidance on Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit.

UKRI has also produced a factsheet on Participation in EU Programmes for Research, Innovation and Higher Education.

Other EU funding programmes

UKRI has confirmed that if the European Commission stops evaluating UK bids that are submitted to the mono-beneficiary European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and SME instrument programmes before EU Exit, UKRI will step in and manage the independent assessment of these proposals, with additional government funding made available to support top projects for their duration.

Detailed information can be found on the UKRI website.

Purchasing equipment and materials

Finance and Procurement has produced a set of web pages on purchasing equipment and materials including consumables, reagents and clinical trials supplies which cover areas including tendering, lead-in times, supply chain risks and currency fluctuations.

If you have any questions related to these please contact the relevant Procurement Category Manager.

Data protection and information security

Flow of personal data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has an interactive tool to help identify what you need to do to maintain the free flow of personal data into the UK from Europe if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Capturing research participants’ personal data from platforms such as Qualtrics

You will be able to capture participants’ personal data from platforms such as Qualtrics. However the detail will depend on the nature of the data protection statement made at the point of the capture to the participants and the reliance on which exception is used to gather data.

You should also recheck the checks on the platform to ensure that suitable protections including standard contractual clauses are in place.

For more information see the ICO website.

EU and data storage security

From a legal safeguards perspective, the EU is a secure place to store data.

For more information see the ICO website.

Recruiting participants from the EU

You can still recruit participants from the EU if appropriate exceptions for use of processing data are in place, a suitable data protection statement is made explicitly available to the participants and appropriate security continues to be applied to the data.

For more information see the ICO website.

Downloading datasets from EU databases such as EMBL

JISC do not expect members to experience disruption in accessing the vast majority of digital resources they currently use. However, some aspects of copyright practice, such as orphan works, are dependent on European directives.

If there is no immediate equivalent to this copyright regime after Brexit, access to a small number of services such as the Spare Rib archive, which they deliver on behalf of the British Library, could be compromised. Likewise, the planned digitisation of some historical resources could be impacted.

See JISC’s website for more information.

Agreements to share research data with EU partners.

Data sharing agreements should already be in place for data sharing partnerships which acts as an appropriate safeguard and the need for the agreements will continue to exist in all Brexit scenarios.