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    Research Infrastructures

    The objective of this programme is to ensure European researchers access to world-class research infrastructures. The European Commission considers not only major scientific equipment to be research infrastructure but also includes sets of instruments, knowledge-based resources such as archives, databases, etc., and enabling ICT infrastructures (e-Infrastructures) such as grids, computing, software and communication infrastructure. Support is given to existing as well as to new research infrastructures.


    Support for existing infrastructure is provided to consortia of major existing research infrastructures countries in a certain predefined field located in different European (EU member states and associated). They receive funding for so-called “integrated activities”. These involve granting access to the infrastructures to users from outside their country, and performing common research and networking activities to improve their services. In 2012, a public consultation was conducted on existing research infrastructures meriting funding in H2020.

    Support for new infrastructure is normally limited to the planning phases of new infrastructures of pan-European interest identified by the “European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures” (ESFRI).

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    Swiss Participation in Horizon 2020

    Please find information on the latest development on the page 'Swiss Participation in Horizon 2020'.

    Scientific Disciplines

    All disciplines (bottom-up) 

    Industrial Sectors

    All sectors (bottom-up)

    Main Target Audience

    • Universities / UAS
    • Research institutes
    • Industry / SMEs
    • European and international organisations (e.g., CERN)

    Key Information

    Duration of the programme: 7 years (2014-2020) under Horizon 2020
    Swiss eligibility: Swiss participation under the status "Associated Country"
    Topic search: according to your field of research; find your topic in Horizon 2020
    Calls for proposals: one call per year expected; go to the open calls page
    Work Programme: for call descriptions, call deadlines and rules, go to the Work Programme
    H2020 reference documents: for all official documents, go to the Participant Portal

    ESFRI Roadmap 2018 shortguide: How to apply for Swiss participants

    Your Contact

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    Nicole Wyss

    National Contact Point (NCP):
    • Transport
    • European Research Infrastructures

    Effingerstrasse 19
    3008 Bern
    Tel.:+41 31 380 60 04

    Currently Open Calls

    e-Infrastructures

    Support to innovation, human resources, policy & international cooperation

    Integrating and opening research infrastructures of European interest

    Developing new world-class research infrastructures

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