Partial association to H2020

Switzerland and the EU have agreed on a partial association to the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, which will provisionally come into effect on 15 September 2014 and initially run until the end of 2016 (

This partial association allows researchers in Switzerland to again participate asassociated and equally entitled partners in all activities under the first pillar of Horizon 2020, comprising ERC grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and research infrastructures.

For all other Horizon 2020 calls (second and third pillar) Switzerland remains a third country entity. In these collaborative programme areas Swiss partners can still join European collaborative projects, however they will not be entitled to any direct funding from the EU for their part. The SERI will provide direct funding to researchers in Switzerland, whose participation in collaborative projects under Horizon 2020 are not funded by the European Commission.

The official SERI fact sheet is available here.

Stakeholder consultation on the 'health' societal challenge

The European Commission (EC) launched an open stakeholder consultation on the 2016 - 2017 Horizon 2020 Work Programme for the 'Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing' societal challenge. You can find the survey here. Deadline for this exercise is 20 Sep 2014.

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