On 12 September 2014 the Federal Administration informed that Switzerland has now the status of an Associate Country (AC) under the first pillar. This partial association allows researchers in Switzerland to again participate as associated and equally entitled partners in all activities under the first pillar of Horizon 2020, comprising ERC grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and research infrastructures, from September 15, 2014.
Researchers in Switzerland will also be able to participate as associated partners in the programme section on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation. As associated partners, researchers in Switzerland will again receive direct funding from the EU.
For all other Horizon 2020 calls Switzerland remains a third country entity (Third Country (TC) Status).