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H2020 kleinOn 12 September 2014 the Federal Administration informed that Switzerland has now the status of an Associate Country (AC) under the first pillar.

This partial association allows researchers in Switzerland to again participate as associated and equally entitled partners in all activities under the first pillar of Horizon 2020, comprising ERC grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and research infrastructures, from September 15, 2014.

Researchers in Switzerland will also be able to participate as associated partners in the programme section on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation. As associated partners, researchers in Switzerland will again receive direct funding from the EU.

For all other Horizon 2020 calls Switzerland remains a third country entity (Third Country (TC) Status). In these programme areas Swiss partners can still join European collaborative projects, however they will not be entitled to any direct funding from the EU. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) will provide direct funding to researchers in Switzerland, whose participation in collaborative projects under Horizon 2020 were positively evaluated but are not funded by the European Commission. Applications for direct funding (or national funding) to SERI will be possible via www.h2020.ch from November 2014 onward.

Read the fact sheet from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for more information.