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Secure Societies

Secure Societies

Open Calls for proposals

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Aim of the programme

The official Workprogramme 2016-2017 is available. A short summary can be found hereunder. Detailed information on the EC Participant Portal.

The primary aim of this Work Programme is thus to enhance the resilience of our society against natural and man-made disasters, ranging from new crisis management tools to communication interoperability, and to develop novel solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure (call 1); to fight crime and terrorism ranging from new forensic tools to protection against explosives (call 2); to improve border security, ranging from improved maritime border protection to supply chain security and to support the Unions external security policies including through conflict prevention and peace building (call 3); and to provide enhanced cybersecurity (call 4), ranging from secure information sharing to new assurance models. Proposers are encouraged to use, where appropriate, the services provided by European space-based systems (e.g. EGNOS, Galileo or Copernicus).

Themes of the programme

The programme has five lines of activities:

  • Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change
    Securing the society against disasters is one of the central elements of the functioning of any society. There is barely any societal sector which is not to some extent concerned by disasters and related resilience and security issues. The objective of this call is to reduce the loss of human life, environmental, economic and material damage from natural and man-made disasters, including extreme weather events, crime and terrorism threats.

  • Fight against crime and Terrorism
    The ambition of this call is both to avoid an incident and to mitigate its potential consequences. This requires new technologies and capabilities for fighting and preventing crime (including cyber-crime), illegal trafficking and terrorism (including cyber-terrorism), including understanding and tackling terrorist ideas and beliefs to also avoid aviation related threats.

  • Border Security and External Security
    On the one hand this call targets the development of technologies and capabilities which are required to enhance systems, equipment, tools, processes, and methods for rapid identification to improve border security. This includes both control and surveillance issues, exploiting the full potential of EUROSUR and promoting an enhanced use of new technology for border checks, also in relation to the SMART BORDERS legislative initiative. It also addresses supply chain security in the context of the EU’s customs policy.
    On the other hand this call focuses on new technologies, capabilities and solutions which are required to support the Union's external security policies in civilian tasks, ranging from civil protection to humanitarian relief, border management or peace-keeping and post-crisis stabilisation, including conflict prevention, peace-building and mediation. This will require research on conflict resolution and restoration of peace and justice, early identification of factors leading to conflict and on the impact of restorative justice processes.

  • Digital Security: Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust
    This line of activity will thus focus on demonstrating the viability and maturity of state-of-the-art security, privacy and trust solutions that have been tested in a laboratory environment. The intention is that after this validation phase they will find a wide up take in the market. Proving that the security concepts, processes and solutions work in a real life environment, in large scale demonstrators and directly involving end users who would ultimately benefit the most from the outcome, should increase the prospects for an ICT security market and demonstrate the validity and effectiveness of security. This in turn will reduce the risks of a negative economic impact due to a cyber-incident.

Other useful links

SEREN3, network of National Contact Points for 'secure societies'

A 'golden pages' of the European security researchers: the Security Research Map

The official webpages on the thematic area 'Security' of the European Commission: Policy and Research in Security

Digital Agenda for Europe - Trust and Security

Closed Calls for proposals

H2020-CIP-2017 1 March 2017 24 August 2017 € 20 million
H2020-SEC-2017 1 March 2017 24 August 2017 € 121,75 million
H2020-DS-2017 1 March 2017 24 August 2017 € 54,5 million
H2020-FCT-2015 25 March 2015 27 August 2015 € 44,26 million
H2020-BES-2015 25 March 2015 27 August 2015 € 20,09 million
H2020-DRS-2015 25 March 2015 27 August 2015 € 93,07 million
H2020-DS-2015-1 11 December 2013 27 August 2015 € 49,61 million
H2020-DS-2014-1 11 December 2013 28 August 2014 € 47,04 million
H2020-DRS-2014 11 December 2013 28 August 2014 € 65.4 million
H2020-BES-2014 11 December 2013 28 August 2014 € 40,78 million
H2020-FCT-2014 11 December 2013 28 August 2014 € 34,81 million