Horizon package

Horizon package: Confederation funds further transitional measures for mono-beneficiary projects

The Confederation will provide funding for transitional measures for the 2024 Starting and Consolidator Grants of the European Research Council (ERC). This was decided by the Federal Council on 25 October 2023. Owing to Switzerland’s current non-association status in the Horizon package, researchers here are not eligible to participate in the corresponding European calls for proposals.

CH - Qatar

Karin Keller-Sutter and Guy Parmelin meet Qatar's Minister of Finance Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari

On 18 September 2023, the two members of the Federal Council met with Qatar's Minister of Finance Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, in Bern to discuss international financial and economic issues.


Ukraine: Switzerland implements 11th package of sanctions

On 16 August, the Federal Council decided to enact further sanctions against Russia. This aligns Switzerland with the EU, which adopted these latest measures as part of its eleventh package of sanctions. The new measures take effect at 6pm on Wednesday, 16 August. More than one hundred additional individuals and entities were already added to the sanctions list on 28 June.

Quantum technology

Carbon-based quantum technology

 Graphene nanoribbons have outstanding properties that can be precisely controlled. Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich, in collaboration with partners from Peking University, the University of Warwick and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, have succeeded in attaching electrodes to individual atomically precise nanoribbons, paving the way for precise characterization of the fascinating ribbons and their possible use in quantum technology.


Switzerland and Spain sign joint declaration on research and innovation

Switzerland and Spain agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the field of research and innovation. The two countries signed a joint declaration this afternoon in Madrid to encourage and support their respective research and innovation communities to undertake bilateral and multilateral activities. This instrument will intensify cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the fields of sustainability, energy, life sciences and health.

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