Promotion of Research Funding

EU Framework​ Programmes

Horizon Europe, the ninth of the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, will begin on 1 January 2021 and run for 7 years with a proposed budget of approx. €94 billion. The program’s main aims are to tackle climate change, to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and to boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

The preliminary structure is centered around: 3 pillars:

1. Excellent Science – "Bottom-up" basic research in all fields; researcher training and mobility; research infrastructures

2. Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness – "Top-down" collaborations in health, culture, security, digital, space, climate, energy, mobility, food, agriculture, environment

3. Innovative Europe – Market-creating breakthrough innovation; future and emerging technologies; SME finance

It also includes cross-cutting activities to widen participation and strengthen the European Research Area as well as "R&I Missions" a portfolio of interdisciplinary actions in 5 areas: Adaptation to climate change, Healthy oceans and waterways, Climate-neutral smart cities, Cancer, Soil health, Food.

Further information can be found on the Euresearch webpage on Horizon Europe. Information on the current status of Swiss participation in Horizon Europe can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.

Horizon 2020, the eighth of the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation.

It is structured around 3 priorities:

1. Excellent Science – "Bottom-up" basic research in all fields; future and emerging technologies; researcher training and mobility
2. Industrial Leadership Breakthrough technologies in ICT, nano- and biotechnology, space, advanced materials, manufacturing and processing; SME support; risk financing
3. Societal Challenges – "Top-down" collaborations in health, food, agriculture and aquatic resources, energy, transport, environment, inclusive societies, security

It also includes cross-cutting activities (Science with and for Society, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation), EURATOM and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

The Swiss Information Network Euresearch provides information on current calls for proposals, which are published on the Funding & Tenders Portal (previously Participant Portal). Euresearch also regularly organizes events for applicants throughout Switzerland.

FP7, was the seventh of the EU Framework Programmes and ran from 2007-2013. Although the program is finished, there are still projects running.