Positive outcome of Swiss participation in the 6th EU Framework

09.07.2008

The State Secretariat for Education and Research has recently published a report analysing Switzerland's Participation in the 6th EU Framework Programme. This report shows that Swiss research activities compete very well with those of other countries, particularly in the areas of life sciences and health, nanotechnology and information technology. For this reason, the economic benefit to Switzerland exceeded the economic cost of Switzerland's participation in the 6th EU Framework Programme.

Research grants drawn from the EU Framework Programme budget are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants whose projects are considered top-notch. For the entire duration of FP6, 1,914 Swiss researchers took part in 1,355 different research projects, which corresponds to a 2.6% share of total participation. Both Austria and Switzerland rank 11th among the countries involved in FP6. By far the most active countries were Germany (13.9%), the United Kingdom (11.9%) and France (10.7%).

While Switzerland ranks 11th in terms of the number of participants, we find that it ranks 9th in terms of research grants drawn from the FP6 budget. The countries that obtained the lion's share of research grant funding were Germany (17.9%), the United Kingdom (14.4%) and France (12.6%). Switzerland's share stood at 3.1% of the total FP6 budget of CHF 793 million. This level places Switzerland far ahead of competing countries such as Austria, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

EU research grants mainly went to Swiss universities (ETH Domain: CHF 270 million, cantonal universities: CHF 219 million, universities of applied sciences: CHF 18 million). The big part of the remaining grants was awarded to private businesses (SMEs: CHF 111 million, large-sized industries: CHF 92 million).

Swiss research activities in FP6 related to "information technology" (CHF 225 million), "life sciences and health" (CHF 161 million) and "nanotechnology, materials and new production processes" (CHF 92 million).

Swiss researchers coordinated 185 FP6 projects. In nearly 4/5 of the cases, project managers came from a Swiss university (ETH: 76 projects, cantonal universities: 68 projects). Project managers from Swiss businesses ran 15 projects.

FP6 led to roughly 32,000 incidences of research cooperation between Swiss and EU teams. Switzerland's key partner countries were Germany, the United Kingdom and France, which were the most active participants in FP6.

Switzerland contributed CHF 780 million (2.68%) to the total FP6 budget of EUR 19.3 billion. From the total budget for research funding, Swiss researchers were awarded 3.06%. If we compare Switzerland's contribution to FP6 with the research grant funding Switzerland obtained from FP6, we obtain a flowback coefficient of 1.14. Swiss researchers therefore performed above average in terms of winning bids for research grants.

Address for enquiries

State Secretariat for Education and Research SER
Multilateral Research Cooperation Unit
Laurent Salzarulo, Scientific Adviser
Tel. 031 323 54 09

Source : State Secretariat for Education and Research


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