Horizon Europe (Partially) Reopens to Swiss Researchers

Horizon Europe is once again partially accessible to Swiss researchers.

For the first time in three years, researchers in Switzerland can once again apply for The European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants, which is part of the European Union’s (EU) Horizon Europe research programme.

This development, which came into effect on May 29, allows Swiss scientists to apply for ERC Advanced Grants, reintegrating them into the European research landscape after a three-year exclusion. Researchers in Switzerland have been previously cut off from access to Horizon Europe in the spring of 2021. At that time, the Federal Council broke off negotiations on a framework agreement with the EU, and the EU classified Switzerland as a non-associated third country regarding its programmes, according to SwissInfo.ch.

Swiss researchers now have until August 29, 2024 to apply for the grant.

“For researchers, the “very well-funded, highly competitive Advanced Grants” are an essential step in their careers,” Martina Weiss, Secretary General of Swissuniversities, told the Keystone-SDA news agency.

While this is seen as a pivotal step for advancing cutting-edge research and maintaining Switzerland’s reputation for excellence in innovation, some are still hoping to see a full association with Horizon Europe.

At Martel Innovate, we support participation in Horizon Europe to maximize collaborative potential and drive transformative research initiatives. Full association for Switzerland would enable comprehensive engagement in various funding opportunities and research programs, fostering deeper integration and collaboration across Europe.

To read more about Martel’s involvement in Horizon Europe projects, read our latest news.