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The European Commission and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) have recently updated their information on Swiss participations to Horizon 2020.

The criteria for eligibility for European funding has been defined as the signature date of the Grant Agreement (GA) and the GA signature of any proposal to be submitted still in 2016 will be in 2017. As a consequence, for all projects already in the Grant preparation phase, applicants should try to get the Grant Agreement still signed in 2016.

Therefore, as of today, when participating in a H2020 proposal submission, Swiss applicants are required to request their eligible project costs as grant from the European Commission as if Switzerland would be associated from 1 January 2017 onwards. When submitting their proposal in the «Participant Portal» applicants need to make sure that in the section «Budget» the requested budget for the Swiss partner is indicated in the column «Requested EU Contribution.

However it is still essential that a consortium is composed of at least at least 3 organisations from different EU Member States or Associated countries in addition to the Swiss partner in order to be sure that the project is eligible in the case that Switzerland will not be associated as of 2017.

Moreover and as already today, Swiss partners can also coordinate projects, whatever the status of Switzerland will be as of 2017.

Industry Participation (including SME):

Swiss Enterprises continue to be eligible to participate in EU Projects as before, regardless of the Swiss status in 2017.

For the proposal submission, industry applicants should, as previously, calculate their salary costs according to the "actual" costs of their salaries.

As SERI only reimburses salaries limited to the CTI rates (B) page 9, companies should also calculate their salary costs based on these rates to evaluate if the project is still financially viable with these Swiss reimbursement rates in case Switzerland continues to have the "third country" status.