The latest European research and innovation programmes of the European Union (Horizon 2020) give more importance to the participation and collaboration of companies from European or associated countries. Businesses can receive EU funding and support for innovation projects to help them develop and expand to European countries and beyond.
Companies in Horizon 2020
Companies can take part in an EU project as long as they fit into one of the following Horizon 2020 Work Programmes. For more information, ask your Euresearch Office BFH.
Horizon 2020 also offers specific tools for "small and medium-sized enterprises" (SMEs). To be considered a SME, a business must be engaged in an economic activity and must have:
Fewer than 250 employees
An annual turnover of no more than €50 million and/or a balance sheet of no more than €43 million
If you are uncertain about the status of your company, you can find more information under SME participation or contact Lizanne Richle at the Euresearch Office BFH.
Innovation in SMEs
To identify other opportunities in Horizon 2020, please contact us.
Create an EU login on the Funding and Tenders Portal to start your process and apply for funding.
You can verify whether your organisation is already registered and has a PIC on the Funding & Tenders Portal. If not, you can start the registration process on the same page and, once completed, get the PIC to be quoted in your proposal and in any correspondence with the Commission.
We are happy to help you during the process of your application. If your project has been accepted, we then help you throughout your project. If it has been rejected, we offer a debriefing in order to help you succeed in your next application.
You can find Success Stories of enterprises that worked with Euresearch to succeed in their project on the Euresearch page
The SERI (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) supports Swiss SMEs for grant preparation with a flat rate amount of 8000.– CHF. This help is offered for an SME-supporting contribution or an SME support for project coordinators. The proposal must have been evaluated by the EC prior to the application for these funds.
Project Funding by Innosuisse (National Funding Programme)
Innosuisse is the Swiss Agency for Innovation Promotion. It offers start-up coaching and training and promotes science-based innovation projects between companies and research partners in the interest of industry and society in Switzerland. Innosuisse also offers international opportunities under Go Global.