EU funding & Covid-19

The safety and health of researchers participating in any EU project takes priority over any research deliverables. The University’s dedicated page on Coronavirus (Covid-19) contains university-wide guidance for all researchers to follow. The information below contains EU specific guidance and resources for both current projects and those seeking to apply for EU funding.

What should I do if my EU-funded project is affected by Covid-19?

Any projects which have been affected by COVID-19 containment measures should refer firstly to Article 51 of the Annotated Model Grant Agreement covering force majeure. This stipulates that beneficiaries should contact the Commission, or relevant executive agency, to discuss issues that may affect the implementation of projects. Therefore, if your EU project has faced disruption due to Covid-19 restrictions (e.g. travel restrictions or isolation of staff members), you should contact your EU project officer. They will help you to decide what action needs to be taken with regard to the continuation or amendment of your project. Each case will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please copy the EU Team into correspondence so we can keep track of projects affected and use information from responses to advise other grant-holders.

Can I travel as part of my EU-funded project?

For the most up-to-date advice on the rules around travel, please consult the University travel advice page. We advise any PIs who are intending to travel for meetings to contact the meeting organiser to see if the meeting will proceed via video conferencing, be cancelled or postponed.

Frequently asked questions

The European Commission maintain a series of FAQs relating to Covid 19. Click the drop-down menu below to view further information on specific schemes and to consult the questions included in the EU Portal COVID-19 FAQs:

General H2020 FAQs

MSCA FAQs

While there is no possibility to increase the maximum grant amount due to legal and financial constraints, the European Commission has introduced a wide range of flexibility measures to address the difficulties faced by fellows and projects funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

The Commission have developed a specific Coronavirus resources page on the MSCA website. The dedicated resource page provides up-to-date information for all MSCA researchers and projects.

UKRO has also put together a dedicated resources page for Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions & COVID-19-related issues. This page gathers information relating to COVID-19 and the delivery of Marie Curie Actions, provided by the EC and other official sources. You will need to login to UKRO to view this page. If you do have already have an UKRO account, you can register for one using your Leeds e-mail address.

You can also consult the following FAQs from the Commission website:

ERC FAQs

The ERC coronavirus website has some useful information covering the following topics:

  • Remote panel evaluations
  • Postponing your project start or extending duration of a project
  • Reorienting your project to COVID-19
  • Flexibility on teleworking and time commitments
  • Maximum grant amounts

You can also consult the following FAQs from the Commission website:

COST FAQs

The COST Association has recommended the use of virtual meetings until further notice. As different countries are implementing different measures regarding gatherings and events, they advise all Actions to check individual country stipulations before planning any future meetings.

As a result of the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the COST Association has written to all COST Action Chairs and COST Grant Holders confirming an extension of the current Grant Action Period for 2020-21, until the 31 October 2021. This is in line with the COST Association’s current contract held with the European Commission under Horizon 2020.

Covid-19 resources

This platform is a one-stop shop providing comprehensive information about funding opportunities in relation to Coronavirus at European Union and national level. It offers information about call deadline extensions, Coronavirus specific projects and other related projects, national activities, FAQs and other useful links.
View the European Research Area corona platform
This website collates the EU supported research and innovation projects and initiatives that are tackling the spread of coronavirus and preparedness for other outbreaks. It includes links to research and innovation areas, and the latest news on coronavirus-related research funding.
View EU Coronavirus research and innovation
This is a live database of funded research projects across the world related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to support funders and researchers to deliver a more effective and coherent global research response. The database is ideal for researchers looking to identify areas of unmet need, coordination needs, or collaborative opportunities.
View the COVID-19 Research Project Tracker