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Horizon Europe - short presentation

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The 9th European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027) - Horizon Europe - contributes to strengthen the knowledge and technology basis to tackle European and Global societal, environmental and economic challenges.

Horizon Europe was adopted and published in May 2021 with retroactive entry into force on 1 January 2021. It is the largest public EU R&I funding initiative ever, with a budget of almost € 100 billion € (95.5 billion €). Furthermore, the following R&I-relevant European programmes have been adopted: EURATOM Research/Training Programme, Digital Europe Programme.

Horizon Europe includes three main pillars and one horizontal sub-programme, building upon the most successful components of its predecessor programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), and offering opportunities for bottom-up and top-down, individual and collaborative, and basic to applied/market-orientated research:

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 Horizon Europe introduces also some novel structural elements, such as the “Missions” (bold societal objectives) and “European Partnerships” (EU-wide co-programming/funding) mainly implemented through the clusters of Pillar 2, all related to the new overall programme design approach implemented through the multiannual Strategic Plans (2021-2024, 2025-2027). Also, the European Innovation Council becomes an integral part of the programme within the innovation/market-orientated Pillar 3. Furthermore, Open Science is the new modus operandi in Horizon Europe and administrative simplifications are implemented to reduce red tape.

The participation status of Switzerland as an “associated country” in Horizon Europe is still the objective of the Swiss Federal Council / SERI.

However, for the moment being Switzerland is considered as an « non-associated (high-income) third country » in the 2021- and 2022-calls for projects.
Horizon Europe, however, still offers major opportunities:

  • Collaborative projects : Swiss participation possible as « associated partners » (instead of « beneficiaries »), fully funded by SERI (instead of EC) ;
  • Individual grants/fellowships (ERC, MSCA) : Swiss participation possible in ERC Synergy Grants and MSCA Global Fellowships (host for outgoing phase only); Swiss applications for ERC StG and CoG 2021-calls evaluated by ERC but funded by SERI;  Switzerland not eligible for ERC AdG 2021-call, ERC StG 2022-call (and possibly ERC CoG 2022-call – tbc) and MSCA-IF 2021-call – all of them being replaced by SNSF replacement calls (transitional measures).

For full information on Horizon Europe and project submissions, please refer to our special web page with key links and documents. If you are preparing a participation in Horizon Europe, we strongly suggest to contact us for up-to-date information and advice.

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