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Research and Innovation at the European Level

Portrait Jean-Marc Piveteau, Rektor

“European research is of key importance to ZHAW. It is not just a question of funding. EU research is a very competitive environment; only excellent projects prevail. ZHAW has successfully positioned itself in the European research landscape with more than 80 projects in European research framework programmes. This is proof of the quality of our application-oriented research.”

Jean-Marc Piveteau, ZHAW President

Horizon Europe

“Horizon Europe,” the ninth EU research framework programme, is a key element of European research. From 2021 to 2028, this programme, which has a budget of EUR 95.5 billion, will support a wide range of collaborative projects, scientific careers, and innovative companies in developing new knowledge and solutions. Although Switzerland is not currently associated with the programme, most programmes are also open to Swiss researchers and innovators.

Focus areas include sustainable development and climate change (the Global Challenges part of the programme), excellence in science and innovation (the Excellent Science part of the programme), strengthening the European economy by creating jobs through competitive growth (the Innovative Europe part of the programme), and through cooperation in science (programme part: Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area).

In addition to the main programme, there are also several partner programmes which – according to different models – promote research and innovation in their respective topic areas, such as Digital Europe, Eurostars, the thematic programmes of the European Institute of Technology (EIT), and regional institutions such as the International Association of Lake Constance Universities (IBH).

Euresearch Office Zurich UAS and Euresearch support both ZHAW researchers and members of other Zurich universities of applied sciences and arts, and companies in the cantons of Zurich, Schaffhausen, and Glarus. Further information can be found on the corresponding websites or the ZHAW Intranet.

Cooperation with ZHAW

Our researchers are active in a range of different fields. As a university of applied sciences, we are found, in particular, at the interface between fundamental research and practice. The possibilities for collaboration with us are therefore broad – whether in traditional collaborative projects, as hosts for ERC & MSCA Actions, as collaborators in networks and CSAs, or as subcontractors. We are represented in all European programmes (e.g., IBH, Eurostars, and EIT).

We look forward to hearing from you!

ZHAW European Projects