Overview European Initiatives

Europe has always been the cradle for top performances in the area of research and innovation; however, unfortunately, they are often scattered broadly. In its meeting in Lisbon in March 2000, the European Council has formulated an ambitious goal: the creation of a European Research Area (ERA). This area establishes a place for research without boarders, where scientific resources may be used more efficiently and where therefore job opportunities and competitiveness within Europe are enhanced.

For long, Switzerland has participated in European research programmes and initiatives; a first equalisation with other European countries was established in 2007 by means of the association for the 7th Framework Programme FP7.

Apart from the Framework Programmes (Horizon 2020, former FP7), there are many European initiatives and funding opportunities that align with Horizon 2020 but are linked to other sources and are characterised by different publication and allocation procedures.

EU GrantsAccess gives you an overview of these programmes and is your first point of contact for all funding opportunities within Europe.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the name of the new, comprehensive funding instrument of the European Union, summarising the current lines as of 2014. They include:

  • FP7 (Framework Programme for Research and Development)
  • CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme)
  • EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology)

Horizon 2020 is thus the successor of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Development. Based on the intermediate evaluation within FP7, the EU Commission establishes a proposal that will have to be discussed and adopted by the European Council as well as by the European Parliament.

Other European Programmes

Apart from the opportunities of the Framework Programmes, there are additional funding instruments on a European level with access to different budgets.

The focus of these funding opportunities is manifold and may even overlap with others. There are flexible, small initiatives up to large-scale ones, in which players such as the EU Member States or the industry participate financially to differing extents. These activities contain calls for proposals that are published within the corresponding scope of each initiative.

EU GrantsAccess is happy to advise you – according to the relevant programme – regarding an initial classification of your project and to connect you with the corresponding experts.