Information about Submission of Horizon 2020 Proposals by Researchers in Switzerland

Author: Nikola Benin


The first EU Framework Programme (FP) started in 1984. The eighth programme generation was launched at the beginning of 2014 – under the name of Horizon 2020. An overview of the structure and various programme areas of Horizon 2020 can be found on the SERI website or the website of theEuropean Commission.

Swiss research entities have been participating in the FPs since 1988. From 1992 until 2003, Swiss project participations were directly funded by the Confederation. In 2004, Switzerland became an associated country to the FPs. From then on, Switzerland contributed to the EU’s global FP budget at a fixed rate (relative to its GDP), while Swiss researchers gained the same rights in terms of submitting project proposals and receiving funding from Brussels as their colleagues from EU member states.

Please note that this platform is intended solely for the submission of requests for the funding of Swiss partners in Horizon 2020 collaborative projects, which have been approved by the EU and in which Swiss partners are participating under third country status.

It is not possible to submit project proposals for EU calls or apply for funding for projects in which Switzerland is considered an associated country. Moreover, complementary national funding for the following activities is still available but not operated via this site either:

  • participation in Euratom- or ITER-related activities (including Fusion for Energy);
  • participation in European initiatives AAL, Eurostars and EDCTP
    (according to Art. 185 of the TFEU);
  • participation in COST Actions;
  • preparation of Horizon 2020 project proposals for SMEs or project coordinators.

For questions concerning the SNSF’s ERC temporary backup scheme:SNSF Communications, T +41 31 308 23 87



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