Swiss government approves partial association to Horizon 2020
At its meeting on 22 October 2014,,the Swiss Federal Council approved the agreement on Switzerland’s participation in Horizon 2020. According to this agreement, Switzerland is partly associated to the framework programme for the period between 15 September 2014 and 31 December 2016. Swiss researchers can fully participate and receive funding from the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon 2020, including the European Research Council, as well as the cross-cutting "Widening Participation" section of the programme. However, Switzerland remains a third country participant in the Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges pillars.
The agreement provides for Switzerland becoming fully associated to Horizon 2020 between 2017 and 2020, provided a solution can be found regarding the issue of the free movement of persons.
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