Researchers in Switzerland will have an answer on their future under Horizon 2020 “by summer”, predicts Peter Erni, director of Euresearch, a body mandated by the Swiss government to advise scientists on EU research.
In 2014, the Swiss people voted to curb immigration in their country. As an indirect result, the European Commission “downgraded Switzerland to ‘Third Country’ status in H2020,” as Erni puts it.
The Swiss government and the Commission reached a temporary agreement that allows Switzerland to keep its “associated country” status only in Horizon 2020’s first pillar, which includes European Research Council grants. But this deal comes to an end at the close of 2016.