​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Status of Swiss institutions in EU knowledge programmes

Horizon ​​​Europe

For information on the Swiss participation in the upcoming next generation of EU programmes, please consult the website of the Swiss State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation: www.sbfi.admin.ch/horizon-europe


The website provides official information, including Q&A on the Swiss participation in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and other related programmes and initiatives (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, partnerships, Digital Europe Programme, Euratom Programme and ITER).

Switzerland seeks to fully associate to Horizon Europe, Euratom, ITER and the Digital Europe Programme (where possible) for the period 2021-2027.​

Horizon ​​​2020​

Since 1 January 2017, Swiss researchers and institutions are able to participate in all parts of Horizon 2020.


The negotiations with the European Union on the association of Switzerland to Horizon 2020 had been suspended following the adoption of the popular vote against mass immigration on 9 February 2014. Meanwhile, an agreement with the European Commission (EC) providing a partial and provisory association to Horizon 2020 had been negotiated. The agreement offered companies, researchers and institutions in Switzerland access to priorities 'Excellent Science' and 'Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation' as well as to activities falling under EURATOM and International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) until the end of 2016.


The condition to be fully associated to Horizon 2020 as of 1 January 2017 was the ratification of the protocol extending the free movement of persons to Croatia. With this condition fulfilled, Swiss researchers and institutions can since 1 January 2017 fully participate in all parts of Horizon 2020, under the same conditions as Member States of the EU and other Associated Countries.


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Since 2014 and until the end of the current programme, Switzerland participates with the status of a 'partner country' (i.e. third country) in Erasmus+.


Following the adoption of the Mass Immigration Initiative on 9 February 2014, negotiations on a Swiss association to the Erasmus+ programme were suspended on 26 February 2014 and Switzerland became a 'partner country'. The status of 'partner country' means that Swiss organisations are not eligible for bilateral mobility activities under Erasmus+ and eligible (for funding) only under specific conditions for certain activities. By mutual ag​​reement in spring 2017, negotiations between Switzerland and the European Commission were not reopened. As soon as the key elements of the future programme (as of 2021) are known, the Federal Council will evaluate a possible Swiss association.


Movetia​ is the agency responsible for exchanges and mobility. It publishes special calls for proposals for Swiss organisations wishing to participate in Erasmus+ approved cooperation projects as 'silent' partners with Swiss funding.


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