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Plunge in Swiss MSCA applications worries academia

Swiss institutions’ involvement in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions scheme fell 59 per cent in 2021

Renewed fears have been expressed for European research after Research Europe found that Swiss involvement in a major EU scheme for researcher mobility plunged in 2021, after Switzerland lost its association to the bloc’s R&I programme.

The number of Swiss institutions involved in applications to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) scheme as beneficiary or partner fell 59 per cent between 2020 and 2021, according to European Commission data. This compared with a fall of just 25 per cent for institutions in EU member states and 26 per cent for those in the UK. The drop for the EU and UK is thought to have been caused by calls opening later, after the EU’s 2021-27 R&I programme was delayed.

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