ECSEL: cross-border cooperation in the electronics field

The ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) initiative supports market-oriented joint R&D in the nanoelectronics and embedded computer systems segment between partners in European industry (including SMEs) and universities of applied sciences.

As part of a public-private partnership between the EU Commission, European industry associations, 26 EU member states and the associate countries Israel, Norway, Turkey und Switzerland, annual calls for proposals are conducted for market-oriented, experimental research and industrial development projects.

The legal basis for this initiative is article 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Its host organisation is ECSEL Joint Undertaking (ECSEL JU).

The ECSEL programme is open to all EU member states and the associated countries in Horizon 2020. During the 2014–2020 period, projects totalling EUR 4 billion are expected to be conducted. These will be funded with EUR 1.18 billion from the Horizon 2020 budget, with almost the same amount from the participating countries along with money put up by industry players.

Who can submit a project?

The annual calls for project proposals are aimed at SMEs, large companies, universities of applied sciences and research institutions.
Interested parties are advised to get in touch with the ECSEL contact person for Switzerland (see contact box on the right).

Projects should be submitted via the ECSEL programme’s central website.

Funding quotas for ECSEL project partners from Switzerland:
Organisation Funding as a % of costs


Large companies 30-35%
 Public Research institutions 70%

ECSEL Call for proposals 2020

  • Call start: since 5 February 2020
  • Deadline for submission of Preproposal to the ECSEL Calloffice: 5 May 2020 (until 17:00h)
  • Deadline for submission of Fullproposal to the ECSEL Calloffice: September 16, 2020 (until 17:00h)
  • Communication of the results: December 2020/January 2021

Call documents:

Swiss applicants must include the following information in "Part C" of the Pre-/Fullproposal to be submitted:

Support in the search for partners:

Enterprise Europe Network Switzerland
ECS Collaboration Tool

Please find below the presentation slides shown at the ECSEL Promotion Event from CSEM, EMPA and Innosuisse on September 3, 2019 at EMPA in Dübendorf.

Last modification 24.04.2020

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ECSEL contact person for Switzerland
Roland Bühler
Tel: +41 58 466 77 03


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