The European Commission informed the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
on 12 July 2021 that Switzerland is to have the status of a non-associated third country for all calls for proposals in 2021. Researchers in Switzerland can still participate in calls for proposals under the status, albeit to limited extent, and receive funding from the Confederation, however participation in individual projects (in future calls for proposals from the European research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the European Innovation Council) is no longer possible. Even that the Federal Council’s stated aim remains Switzerland’s full association to Horizon Europe. The funding for projects cost will not be received from the European Commission, the funding will be provided by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI.
The Parliament has already approved CHF 6.15 billion in funding for Swiss participation in the Horizon package, as well as the possibility of direct funding for researchers in Switzerland.
For all calls in 2021 for which researchers and innovators from Switzerland have no possibilities to make submissions or evaluations, SERI is preparing proposals for suitable transitional measures as part of the federal credit and budget process.
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