According to an EPFL press release, the projects stem from very competitive calls of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Proactive (€10m) and of Marie Curie European Training Network (€4m). They will involve key players from academia and leading companies such as IBM, Bosch, Thales, Hitachi and STMicroelectronics.

Over the next 4 years, the Hybrid Optomechanical Technologies (HOT) project will lay the foundation for a new generation of devices that connect or even contain several nano-scale platforms in a single “hybrid” system. These hybrid devices will allow the exploitation of the unique advantages of each subsystem, thus enabling entirely novel functionalities.

In parallel, a Marie Curie collaborative research and training network focused on exploring new applications of Optomechanical Technologies (OMT) will offer 15 early-stage researchers the opportunity to join leading research groups and participate in competitive experiments.

Switzerland has a long tradition of cooperation in research and innovation with the European Union. As of 1 January 2017, the country retrieved the full association to the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.