Swiss Transitional Measures for Horizon Europe
Welcome to the platform for Switzerland’s project-by-project participation in Horizon Europe and its transitional funding scheme. On this page, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) provides you with all the details you need to submit funding requests for Switzerland’s non-associated third country participation in collaborative and individual research projects under Horizon Europe – the 9th European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
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.
After receiving a positive evaluation from the European Commission, researchers and research institutions in Switzerland can request funding from the Swiss government for the following 2021 Horizon Europe projects:
- Collaborative projects
- Selected individual projects (namely ERC Starting und Consolidator Grant as well as EIC Accelerator)
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 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 September 2013, 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 2014–2020 by the Federal Council of 27 February 2013.
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)
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 23 July 2021)