Helping UK companies engage with European funding programmes and create collaborations.

The European Union represents one of the world’s largest international market, with more than 500 million people generating over €14 trillion in economic activity – approximately 22% of global nominal GDP.

How can KTN help?

There is an increasing need for UK organisations to be proactive about identifying and connecting with potential European project partners. The network of National Contact Points (NCPs) is the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in European Framework Programmes including Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. Use this link to find the relevant UK National Contact Point.

In partnership with NCPs and Innovate UK EDGE (which operated as Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) until 2020), KTN helps UK businesses to access European programmes such as Horizon 2020, for example, the recent Horizon 2020 Green Deal, as well as other funding programmes such as EUREKA, Interreg and Life Programme, and informs funding priorities to match UK business need. This increases the rate of delivery of new or improved products, processes or services for economic, environmental and societal benefit.

You can get help from KTN to:

  • Find funding opportunities
  • Form partnerships
  • Develop your project proposals

KTN also highlights Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTP) or Cascade Funding. The main objective of this financing method is to simplify administrative procedures with SMEs, thus allowing some projects financed by the EU to issue, in turn, open calls to obtain more funding. You can find all of the current open calls here.

Follow the KTN Global team on Twitter for news on EU funding and other international opportunities.

Future UK Participation in European R&I Framework Programmes – The UK will associate to Horizon Europe.

The UK aims to maintain a close relationship with European partners in the next European research and innovation Framework Programme: Horizon Europe. It represents a significant opportunity for UK companies to access finance for research and development and innovation. It is an opportunity to form collaborations in new supply chains, for SMEs to build relationships with multinational partners, and gives a route for businesses to reach new markets, facilitating uptake of new technologies by end users and customers. The collaboration is important – it is not just about funding.

Association to Horizon Europe will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. The next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement taking into account the finalised EU Programme Regulations. Read more here.

KTN participation in European projects

KTN participate in European research and innovation projects that align with KTN’s and UK R&I strategy and show positive impact to support businesses.

To find out more about EU Programmes and opportunities to get involved with European funding calls, please contact a member of our EU Programmes Team if you would like support in engaging.