Overview on Partial Association of Switzerland

Switzerland and the EU have agreed on a partial association, which will provisionally came into effect on 15 September 2014.

This "partial association" allows researchers in Switzerland to again participate as associated and equally entitled partners in all activities under the first pillar of Horizon 2020, comprising ERC grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions etc.


Please find further information below and (more detailed) in our continuously updated News


Current Status of Switzerland in HORIZON 2020

The planned association of Switzerland to Horizon 2020 has been delayed. Switzerland is currently considered an industrialised third country for Pillars 2 & 3 (Industrial Leadership & Societal Challenges). However a provisional "partial association" allows researchers in Switzerland to again participate as associated and equally entitled partners in all activities under the Pillar 1 (ERC, MSCA, FET etc) of Horizon 2020 as of the 15th September 2014 until the end of 2016.

Collaborative projects in Pillars 2 & 3  (Industrial Leadership & Societal Challenges):

  • Researchers from Swiss institutes can still participate in Horizon 2020 collaborative projects but will generally not receive EC funding.
  • Consortia should ensure that the consortium includes partners form at least 3 Member States or Associated Countries – excluding the Swiss partner.
  • The Swiss Federal Council has approved the direct financing of Swiss research groups (in 2014) participating in Horizon 2020 collaborative projects.
    Please complete the online budget in the Participant Portal, including column H “Max. grant /€” but insert zero in column K “Requested grant /€”. The amount for the Swiss partners noted in column H “Max. grant /€” will (after a formal check) be reimbursed to the Swiss partners by the State Secretariat for Education Research & Innovation (SERI/SBFI).
  • Please include this text module in your proposal: “Swiss Federal Council provides direct support to researchers in Switzerland who, because of the status of Switzerland as industrialised third country in pillar 2 & 3 of Horizon 2020, cannot receive European financial contribution. The regulation entered into force on 1 October 2014. Further details can be found under the following link: www.sbfi.admin.ch, website in English, Indications, Horizon 2020."


Pillar 1: Excellent Science

  • Researchers and research groups with Swiss host institutes can participate in all calls under Pillar 1 i.e. European Research Council, Future and Emerging Technologies, Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions and research infrastructures as well as in actions under the specific objective “Spreading excellence and widening participation”. See Overview above.


More details and up-to-date information can be found in our continuously updated News

Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

"Horizon 2020" is not just the new name for the Framework Programme 2014 - 2020. It is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through

  • the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development,
  • the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and
  • the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

In Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner and will focus clearly on implementing the aims of the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 initiative.

The Work Programmes (the research agendas) describe the contents of the calls and cover a 2-year period. You can search the Calls and the Workprogrammes by using predefined topic keyword (for example ICT for energy, Health services etc.) on the search topic page; the result is a list of relevant open calls. Alternatively, you can also use the free text search, i.e. by applying the feature “Containing the exact phrase”.

Horizon 2020 - Home

Horizon 2020 - Overview by Euresearch Head Office

Experts wanted / New call for independent experts

Ahead of the start of Horizon 2020, the new EU research and innovation programme, the European Commission has recently launched a new call for independent experts.

Experts are needed to evaluate proposals for EU funding and for other activities such as monitoring, programme evaluation and policy development.

Interested candidates are invited to file their application online as soon as possible in preparation for the first project proposal evaluations, which will start in 2014.

Online Application

Further Information on Call for Experts


Webinars on Horizon 2020

Throughout the year 2013, Euresearch has run a series of webinars on Horizon 2020 providing the latest news and information on funding opportunities.

After the event, these webinars are available on Euresearch's Youtube channel.