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Horizon Europe: Various Calls Open Today!

Today is the opening date of various calls for proposals in different Horizon Europe Programmes/Clusters including:

– Research Infrastructures
– Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
– Cluster 1 (Health)
– Cluster 2 (Culture, Creativity, and Inclusive Society)
– Cluster 4 (Digital, Industry and Space)
– Cluster 5 (Climate, Eneregy, Mobility)
– Cluster 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment)

Please find more information here.

Commission to invest €14.7 billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. Weiterlesen

Horizon Europe Consortia Building Series

This webinar series brought to you by KTN Global Alliance in partnership with UK National Contract Points (NCPs) will focus on pitching of project ideas and brokering partnerships for European Research and Innovation collaborations and networking #UKinHorizon

Further Information and Registration

Unmittelbare Auswirkungen des Abbruchs der Verhandlungen zum Rahmenabkommen auf die Beteiligung an Horizon Europe

English version see below

Am 26. Mai 2021 hat der Bundesrat die Verhandlungen zum Rahmenabkommen zwischen der Schweiz und der EU abgebrochen. Welche Auswirkungen dieser Entscheid auf die Verhandlungen über die Assoziierung der Schweiz an Horizon Europe hat, ist Gegenstand vielfacher Spekulation, aber zurzeit noch offen.

Bei aller Unsicherheit kann festgehalten werden – für die Forschenden ändert sich vorerst nichts:

«Weiterhin gilt, dass sich Forschende und Innovatoren in der Schweiz für die Ausschreibungen von Horizon Europe und verwandten Programmen und Initiativen bewerben können. Dabei müssen die Bewerberinnen und Bewerber in der Schweiz ihre Projektvorschläge für alle Ausschreibungen nach wie vor als Teilnehmende eines assoziierten Landes einreichen.» (Information SBFI, 27. Mai 2021)

Im Detail bedeutet dies:

  • Technisch gesehen ist die Beteiligung der Schweiz an Horizon Europe Teil der Bilateralen Abkommen I und losgelöst von der Frage eines institutionellen Abkommens.
  • Politisch wird jedoch ein Konnex zwischen einer Assoziierung der Schweiz und den gescheiterten Verhandlungen um ein Rahmenabkommen gemacht. In wieweit dieser Konnex eine erfolgreiche Assoziierung, die nach wie vor das Verhandlungsziel der Schweiz ist, erschwert, kann zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt nicht abschliessend beurteilt werden.
  • Sollte die (Voll-)Assoziierung scheitern, können sich Forschende aus der Schweiz im Drittstaatenmodus an (kollaborativen) Projekten im Rahmen von Horizon Europe beteiligen.
  • Die dazu notwendigen Mittel wurden bereits vom Parlament gesprochen. Die Forschenden würden sie – wie bereits während der Teilassoziierung zwischen 2014 und 2016 – direkt vom SBFI erhalten
  • Diese Regelung soll auch für Mono-Beneficiary Projekte gelten (z.B. ERC, MSCA); das SBFI prüft auf der Basis des Bundesbeschluss zur Finanzierung des Horizon Pakets 2021-27 entsprechende Massnahmen.
  • Forschende müssen sich zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt so bewerben, als ob die Schweiz assoziiert wäre. So können wir sicherstellen, dass ihre erfolgreichen Projekte in jedem möglichen Szenario finanziert werden können.

Weitere Details und fortlaufend aktualisierte Informationen können Sie der Webseite des SBFI entnehmen.

In dieser Phase erhöhter Unsicherheit scheint es uns zentral, dass Sie auch potenzielle europäische Forschungspartner über die weiterhin bestehenden Möglichkeiten der Zusammenarbeit im Rahmen von Horizon Europe informieren.

Wenn Sie zu diesem Thema Fragen haben, können Sie sich gerne an Patrik Ettinger etti@zhaw.ch oder Florian Berner befl@zhaw.ch wenden.

English version

Participation in Horizon Europe: immediate impact of ending negotiations on framework agreement

On 26 May 2021, the Federal Council broke off negotiations on the framework agreement between Switzerland and the EU. The impact that this decision will have on the negotiations over Switzerland’s association with Horizon Europe is the subject of much speculation and for now remains unclear.

Despite the uncertainty, the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has stated that nothing will change for researchers for the time being.

“Researchers and innovators in Switzerland can still apply for Horizon Europe calls and related programmes and initiatives. Applicants in Switzerland must still submit their project proposals for all calls as participants from an associated country.” (Information from SERI, 27 May 2021)

More concretely, this means as follows:

  • Technically speaking, Switzerland’s participation in Horizon Europe is part of the Bilateral Agreements I and are therefore separate from the question of an institutional agreement.
  • Politically, however, a connection can be made between an association of Switzerland and the failed negotiations over a framework agreement. At this time, it cannot be fully determined to what extent this connection will make a successful association (which remains the aim of Switzerland’s negotiations) more difficult.
  • Should the (full) association fail, researchers from Switzerland can participate in (collaborative) projects in the context of Horizon Europe as third-country participants.
  • The necessary funding has already been granted by parliament. The researchers would receive these funds directly from SERI, as was the case during the partial association between 2014 and 2016.
  • This rule should also apply to mono-beneficiary projects (e.g. ERC or MSCA). SERI is examining corresponding measures on the basis of the federal decree on financing the Horizon package 2021-2027.
  • For now, researchers must apply as if Switzerland were an associated country. This will allow us to ensure that their successful projects can be funded under any possible scenario.

You can find more details and regularly updated information on the SERI website.

In this phase of increased uncertainty, we believe it is important that you also inform potential European research partners about continued opportunities for collaboration under Horizon Europe.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please do not hesitate to contact Patrik Ettinger etti@zhaw.ch or Florian Berner befl@zhaw.ch.

European Research and Innovation Days

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

The event will take place online on 23 and 24 June 2021, allowing everyone to get involved from anywhere. Weiterlesen

Leading the Digital Decade

This two-day event is co-organised by the European Commission and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will be held virtually on 1 and 2 June 2021.

What should the future of digital in Europe be? What should our 2030 goals be when it comes to digital transformation? How can we make sure we meet our objectives?

These are the main questions that Leading the Digital Decade aims to answer. Weiterlesen


Tuesday, 2 June 2021, 09h00 – 12h00

This event is part of the Swiss-Korean Innovation Week 2021 on the topic of “Green Transition”.

“IMPACT MAKERS” gives you (and your team) the opportunity to be a Social Entrepreneur for 2h, growing your enterprise while competing with other teams. The game is exclusively led by Prof. Steve Ahn.

Further information about the game

Further information about the Swiss Korean innovation week


27 May 2021 – 1 June 2021 virtual event, Slovakia

Inspiring plenary sessions and targeted 1:1 virtual meetings promises knowledge gain and new project partnerships. Weiterlesen

Innosuisse & swiTT Event: Open Innovation and IP issues in NTN Innovation Boosters

May 19, 2021, 10h00 – 15h00 – Webex

The event goal: Interactive discussion of IP issues within the NTN Innovation Boosters and their open innovation context, from ideation phase to development in private public partnerships.

Target Audience: Representatives from the NTN Innovations Boosters and their Innosuisse experts, Innosuisse mentors and swiTT members interested and involved in the handling of open innovation processes and cooperations.

Event program and registration

Call for Opportunity Grant 2021

The call for Opportunity Grant 2021 for research projects with China (incl. Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea, and the ASEAN member states is now open. The application deadline is 18 July 2021. Weiterlesen

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