On 16 December 2016, the Swiss Parliament adopted the application law for Art.121a of the Constitution, respecting the Bilateral Agreements with the EU in all aspects. On the same day, the Swiss Federal Council ratified the protocol extending the free movement of persons to Croatia, thus fulfilling the necessary condition for Switzerland’s full association to Horizon 2020 as of 2017. Following this ratification, Switzerland retrieves the full association to the entire Horizon 2020 programme from 01 January 2017 on.
Please find hereafter the newest factsheets from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, issued on 12 January 2017:
Horizon 2020: Partecipazione dei ricercatori attivi in Svizzera
Frequently Asked Questions to the New Status of Switzerland as Associated Country in Horizon 2020 (16 January 2017)
The European Commission (EC) has up-dated its factsheet regarding Switzerland’s status accordingly (20 Dec 2016)
On 16 December 2016, the Swiss Parliament adopted the application law for Art.121a of the Constitution, respecting the Bilateral Agreements with the EU in all aspects. On the same day, the Swiss Federal Council ratified the protocol extending the free movement of persons to Croatia, thus fulfilling the necessary condition for Switzerland’s full association to Horizon 2020 as of 2017.
The result of the public vote on immigration in 2014 has caused some uncertainties in the Swiss RDI Community. A transitional solution was found that allows researchers from Switzerland to participate to almost all calls under Horizon 2020.
In this transitional solution Switzerland is fully associated to Pillar I and successful proposals receive EU funding. In Pillars II & III Switzerland is being considered as an industrialised Third Country and is eligible to participate (with the exception of Innovation in SME, i.e. the SME Instrument, and Access to Risk Finance). Successful proposals will be funded nationally by SERI (Project-by-Project Funding) following a pre-screening by Euresearch.
The clear intention of the Federal Council is the full association of Switzerland to Horizon 2020 from 2017 onward. In the transitional solution that is currently in force it was agreed that Switzerland would automatically be fully associated to Horizon 2020 from 2017 onward if the agreement on the free movement of persons were to be extended to the new EU Member State Croatia before 9 February 2017. For this, the so-called Croatia Protocol needs to be ratified. On 4 March 2016 the Federal Council signed the protocol. In June this year the Swiss Parliament empowered the Federal Council to ratify the protocol under the condition that a regulation on immigration was found.
We expect a ratification of the Croatia Protocol in due time and hence the full association of Switzerland to Horizon 2020 from 1 January 2017 onward. See also SERI Fact Sheet
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From now on the respective EU funding for the Swiss partner has to be claimed in all proposals.
In other words: When you submit your proposal in the «Participant Portal» make sure that in the section «Budget» the requested budget for the Swiss partner is indicated in the column «Requested EU Contribution €».
In the unlikely event that Switzerland should not be associated to Horizon 2020 from 2017 onward, i.e. would have the status of an industrialised Third Country, the Federal Administration will provide national funding for the Swiss share of successful proposals. A precaution measure that is recommended is to have a least three project partners from an EU Member State or an Associated Country excluding the Swiss partner for collaborative projects.
In case you should have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Peter Erni, Director Euresearch - July 2016