Horizon Europe (2021-2027): the 9th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is the 9th European Union (EU) Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is the biggest and most ambitious programme of its kind ever. Its goal is to keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation.


European Research Council (ERC)

  • ERC Advanced Grants ERC-2021-AdG
    Deadline: 31st August 2021 (17:00h, Swiss time)
  • ERC Proof of Concept Grants 1 ERC-2022-POC1
    Deadline: 14th October 2021 (17:00h, Swiss time)
  • ERC Synergy Grants ERC-2022-SyG
    Deadline: 10th November 2021 (17:00h, Swiss time)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions support researchers at all stages of their careers. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support cooperation between industry and academia and provide innovative training to enhance employability and career development.

There are 5 different Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions:

HORIZON Health & Missions

The "Health" Cluster (in Pillar II) covers the following 6 areas: staying healthy in a rapidly changing society; living and working in a health-promoting environment; tackling diseases and reducing disease burden; ensuring access to innovative and high-quality health care; unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions; maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health industry.

Missions are an integral part of the Horizon Europe Framework Programme. Within the clusters of pillar II, Horizon Europe incorporates missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets with a concrete impact on citizen’s daily lives. The 5 defined missions are related to cancer, carbon-neutral cities, climate change, oceans and waters, and soil health.

More Horizon open calls

COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen
Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges.
Switzerland is one of the founding countries of COST and a full member of the COST Association. Thanks to this status, researchers in Switzerland are entitled to participate in COST Actions or to coordinate them and submit applications for new Actions.
Deadline: 29th October, 2021 (12:00h Swiss time)

Further European Programmes - Horizon 2020

European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases Networking Support Scheme (EJP-RD NSS)
Financial support is provided for the organisation of transnational workshops or conferences
Deadlines: 2nd September and 2nd December 2021; 1st March, 1st September and 1st December 2022 (14:00h, Swiss time)

More info on Horizon 2020

Status of Switzerland

The European Commission (EC) has informed the Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) that Switzerland will be treated as a non-associated third country for the submission of project proposals in Horizon Europe and other related programmes and initiatives. This status can be changed at any time, but will now apply for all calls in 2021. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation provides regular updates on the status of Switzerland to Horizon Europe as well frequently asked questions on this important subject.

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation: SERI - website


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