Euresearch Office BFH

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.

Events for companies

Further Information

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Create a Euresearch account to receive targeted opportunities for your company in Horizon 2020.

Here you can find the latest Calls & Tenders.

Your Euresearch team BFH is there to help you identify the best partners for your project.

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.

Success Stories

You can find Success Stories of enterprises that worked with Euresearch to succeed in their project on the Euresearch page

Support from SERI

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.

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Innovation Coaching for SMEs and Start-ups in Bern

Be Advanced is a consulting and coaching company that helps start-ups and SMEs on their way to success.

Bern Economic Development Agency

Bern Economic Development Agency helps start-ups and SMEs located in the canton of Bern through consulting and coaching.

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The status of Switzerland in Horizon 2020

Switzerland is fully associated in H2020. Researchers established in Switzerland have the same rights and obligations as EU researchers. Funding must be requested from the European Commission.