EU Grants and Loans

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much EU (a) 7th Framework Programme and (b) Horizon 2020 funding has been provided to (i) universities, (ii) other research institutions and (iii) small businesses in the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The figures requested are set out below. These reflect the full value of grant agreements signed in each calendar year, not the money received in that year.

Higher and Secondary Education Organisations (HES) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

832,679,583

923,451,655

1,017,766,046

390,441,742

22,102,754

Horizon 2020

178,789,606

910,814,167

Non-profit Research organisations (REC) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

109,612,016

78,523,761

107,290,576

38,249,216

1,469,761

Horizon 2020

48,957,471

140,977,361

All Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

127,491,096

180,348,365

229,312,029

39,929,247

241,625

Horizon 2020

49,215,444

219,693,279

Please note that the SME figures may include some HES or REC organisations.

The variation in the figures across the years in part reflects the fact that calls are competitively bid for and vary considerably in the amount of funding available; and in part the fact that the FP7 budget was back-loaded, with increasing amounts of money available to award as grants in the final two years of the programme (2012-2013). In contrast, relatively few grants were awarded in the first year of Horizon 2020 (2014), which thereafter is due to run with annual budgets larger than those available to FP7.

Overall, the UK was the second biggest recipient of EU research funding under FP7, and remains so under Horizon 2020.

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