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Switzerland is a key partner of the European Union (EU) in research and innovation. Researchers from Swiss universities and the private sector have been involved in the EU’s research and innovation framework programmes (FP) since 1987. In the same year, the EU-Switzerland S&T Agreement came into force. The country has been associated with the EU framework programmes for research since FP6 in 2004. Following a period of partial association, Switzerland became fully associated with all parts of Horizon 2020 in January 2017. Switzerland is not currently associated with Horizon Europe.

Despite its relatively small population, Switzerland ranks highly in terms of total participation in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) in Horizon 2020. The natural sciences represent the dominant thematic priority in Swiss participation in the Horizon 2020 MSCA. The second strongest areas of Swiss participation in Horizon 2020 are engineering and technology, as well as medical and health sciences. To a lesser extent, social sciences, humanities and agricultural sciences are also represented.

For more detailed information on the Swiss R&I landscape and MSCA participation, check out the documents below.

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Switzerland factsheet Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Switzerland R&I cooperation status: Key facts and figures