On 16 December 2016, the Swiss Parliament adopted the application law for Art.121a of the Constitution, respecting the Bilateral Agreements with the EU in all aspects, thus fulfilling the necessary condition for Switzerland’s full association to Horizon 2020 as of 2017.
The result of the public vote on immigration in 2014 has caused some uncertainties in the Swiss RDI Community. A transitional solution was found that allows researchers from Switzerland to participate to almost all calls under Horizon 2020.
In this transitional solution Switzerland is fully associated to Pillar I and successful proposals receive EU funding. In Pillars II & III Switzerland is being considered as an industrialised Third Country and is eligible to participate (with the exception of Innovation in SME, i.e. the SME Instrument, and Access to Risk Finance). Successful proposals will be funded nationally by SERI (Project-by-Project Funding) following a pre-screening by Euresearch.