Swiss Transitional Measures for Horizon Europe – Direct Funding

Welcome to the platform for Switzerland’s project-by-project participation in Horizon Europe and its transitional funding scheme. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) will directly fund researchers and innovators in Switzerland whose participation in approved collaborative and individual projects under Horizon Europe is not funded by the European Commission. All the necessary information and steps for preparing and submitting a funding application and the corresponding financial reports to SERI are provided here.

Kindly note that the here provided information applies to funding requests of partners based in Switzerland for calls with 2021 call identifiers (meaning that 2021 is mentioned in the call’s identification code on the Funding & Tenders Portal).

Background information on the latest political developments, about the conditions for Swiss participation in Horizon Europe and about the calls covered by Switzerland’s transitional funding scheme can be found under State of play Horizon Europe.



Legal basis

After receiving a positive evaluation from the European Commission, researchers, innovators and entities based in Switzerland can request funding from the Swiss government for projects of the 2021 calls. This applies to Horizon Europe and other related programmes and initiatives and notably to:

  • Collaborative projects (including all projects within the EIC KICs)
  • Selected individual projects (namely ERC Starting und Consolidator Grant 2021 as well as EIC Accelerator 2021)

The revised Ordinance on Measures for Swiss Participation in the European Union Programmes in the field of Research and Innovation (SR 420.126) was approved by the Federal Council on 20 January 2021 and replaces from 1 March 2021 the Ordinance of 1 October 2014. The revised Ordinance provides a legal basis for the direct funding of Swiss partners in Horizon Europe projects.

The revised Ordinance addresses Switzerland's participation as an associated country in EU programmes and regulates the corresponding accompanying measures. It also provides the legal basis for federal financial assistance for Switzerland's participation as a non-associated third country or as a partially associated third country. Finally, the Ordinance establishes rules for other programmes, initiatives and projects co-funded by the EU programmes and Switzerland.

Ordinance on Measures for Swiss Participation in the European Union Programmes for Research and Innovation (SR 420.126, in German)

The Ordinance itself is based on Art. 29 (2) and 56 of the Research and Innovation Promotion Act (RIPA; SR 420.1).

Research and Innovation Promotion Act

The federal transitional measures also follow the rules as laid out in the Federal Subsidies Act (SR 616.1).

Federal Act on Financial Assistance and Subsidies (Subsidies Act) (in German)

The necessary funds were approved by the Swiss parliament in December 2020, based on the Federal Council Dispatch on funding for Swiss participation in the EU Framework Programmes in the areas of research and innovation in the period 2021–2027 by the Federal Council of 20 May 2020.

Botschaft zur Finanzierung der Schweizer Beteiligung an den Massnahmen der Europäischen Union im Bereich Forschung und Innovation in den Jahren 2021–2027 (Horizon-Paket 2021–2027) (in German)

Bundesbeschluss über die Finanzierung der Schweizer Beteiligung an den Massnahmen der Europäischen Union im Bereich Forschung und Innovation in den Jahren 2021–2027 (Bundesbeschluss zum Horizon-Paket 2021–2027) (in German)

Submission of funding requests

Funding requests can be submitted to SERI on an ongoing basis via a web form. A distinction is made between collaborative and mono-beneficiary projects. The most important steps for submission are described in the respective instructions. Please read these carefully before you start the submission process.

Collaborative projects

Once you are ready to submit your funding application for your collaborative project, please click here.

Mono-beneficiary projects

Once you are ready to submit your funding application for your mono-beneficiary project (ERC Starting Grant, ERC Consolidator Grant or EIC Accelerator – first cut-off), please click here.

Units of the central federal administration

SERI cannot directly fund units of the central federal administration in collaborative projects. However, as agreed with the Federal Finance Administration (FFA), there is a specific procedure for the funding of projects, described in the following document.

Once you are ready to submit your funding application for your collaborative project, please click here.

Financial reports

The guidelines on submission of financial reports are intended for researchers and innovators based in Switzerland who have received funding from SERI to take part in Horizon Europe actions and collaborative projects. These guidelines indicate which specific aspects need to be taken into account to ensure that the projects comply with national legislation.

Unless otherwise stipulated in national legislation, SERI will align itself with the funding and calculation principles established by the European Commission, which are fully explained in the Annotated Model Grant Agreement.

Annotated Model Grant Agreement (AGA, Pre-draft 30 November 2021)

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/content/sbfi/en/home/research-and-innovation/international-cooperation-r-and-i/eu-framework-programmes-for-research/horizon-europe/ch-uebergangsmassnahmen-he.html