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EU Research collaboration & Funding (2021-2027)


Horizon Europe is the European Union's research and innovation programme and the successor of Horizon 2020, it started in January 2021 and will run until 2027. The proposed budget of almost €95.5 billion will drive Europe’s scientific excellence and boost the collaboration across countries in Europe. Switzerland is not fully associated yet, meaning the Swiss researchers and companies can take part (!) and get their funding directly from the Swiss State instead of the European Commission. This funding states for about €5.5 billion to be contributed project by project to the Swiss beneficiaries. Funding will be directly paid by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to the Swiss participants, under the condition that the full project application is assessed as eligible for funding by the European Commission. This can be seen as an advantage, because collaborative research partners can enlarge their limited budget by including a Swiss partner.

Why to get access? 

  1. H'Europe is the only way at all for companies to directly finance their F&I. Companies get reimbursed 75-100% of their F&I, which they otherwise pay themselves. 

  2. H'Europe brings Swiss research and industry in regular meetings in line with the international state-of-art, inspires and keeps them competitive.

  3. H'Europe amounts in billions have already been released by the Swiss parliamant for the participation of the Swiss. If companies do not collect the funding, universitiy institutions will do so. 

  4. H'Europe allows Swiss top researchersm to take over the scientific lead/coordination. The administrative coordination and communication with the European Commission should be left to the European partners. It is - and this is generally known - never crucial for the  over-all success of a project.  

  5. H'Europe is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to push (technical) university knowledge into new products, processes and services. If European companies don't do so, the Americans or the Chinese will exploit (see Photovoltaic, Fuel Cell, Flat screen, LED, etc., etc.).

  6. H'Europe allows to charge 25% overhead/indirect cost. Costs/funding that the research enterprise and the industry can freely dispose of.

  7. The Swiss status (non-associated) allows a more flexible and targeted "hop-up" participation

How to get access Step-by-step: 


Swiss companies and researchers interested in "hopping-up" an ongoing research collaboration may contact us: or +41 44 271 33 33. You'll also LEARN HOW THE SWISS AS NON-EU MEMBER AND NON-ASSOCIATED COUNTRY CAN TAKE PART by booking a short "Hopp-up" seminar. 

Find open calls for proposals

Make sure your entity fit into open or forthcoming calls. Therefore you need to screen the EU work programmes

(EU Portal/database)

Find collabo-ration partners

Hopp up ongoing research partnerships. You can either use our services (we highly recommend!) or screen existing partner search platforms

Write proposal with partners

Draft a research plan and the budget needed. Declare what you want to pull out. Adjust your aims to the research plan of the partners.

Submit Proposal & get funding

The chance for success is lower than 10%. Therefore we recommend to submit several proposals with different partners in parallel. 

Please call for help: +41 44 271 33 33 or EMail

The main aims of the programme (and the hidden agenda) are to:

  • Strengthen EU science and technology thanks to increased investment in highly skilled people and cutting-edge research (Note: It does not say strengthen social- science and the humanities!!! For social scientist and humanities, please book counselling hours. We can tell you how to anchor your constributions to the knowledge society and can get access to funding) 

  • Foster the EU’s industrial competitiveness and its innovation performance, notably supporting market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council EIC and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology EIIT (Note: Flagship and scalability are buzzwords. Europe because of envy and greed is too bad in turning research into Euros, but burning Euros in research. Book single counselling hours! We tell you how it really works with fundraising for your startup and innovatve ideas. It will save your precious time and be a game changer.)   

  • Deliver on the EU’s strategic priorities, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, and tackle global challenges that affect the quality of our daily lives (Note: The European Community has never reached their goals or strategis proprities. Neither the Lisbon Council nor any other goal was implemented. Comparing to the Chinese 5-year plans it is frightening non-sense what it produced in words. Book a counselling session to see how you as an individual can lead to change of the EU and fulfill your mission.)


Horizon Europe is based on the three pillars Open Science, Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness and Open Innovation. The Open Science pillar (€25.8 billion) supports frontier research projects defined and driven by researchers themselves through the European Research Council (€16.6 billion), funds fellowships and exchanges for researchers through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (€6.8 billion), and invests in world-class research infrastructures. 


The Global Challenges and Industrial Competiveness pillar (€52.7 billion) directly supports research relating to societal challenges, reinforces technological and industrial capacities, and sets EU-wide missions with ambitious goals tackling some of our biggest problems. It also includes activities pursued by the Joint Research Centre (€2.2 billion) which supports EU and national policymakers with independent scientific evidence and technical support.


The Open Innovation pillar (€13.5 billion) aims to make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council (€10 billion). It will help develop the overall European innovation landscape, including by further strengthening the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to foster the integration of business, research, higher education and entrepreneurship (€3 billion).

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