Call for proposals for fight against crime and terrorism H2020-FCT-2014 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Societal challenges” responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges that are identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and that aim to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation efforts needed to achieve the Union's policy goals.

The specific objective is to fully exploit the potential of Europe's talent pool and to ensure that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the Union in accordance with the principle of excellence.

Funding shall be focused on the following specific objectives:
(a) Health, demographic change and well-being.
(b) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research. and the bioeconomy.
(c) Secure, clean and efficient energy.
(d) Smart, green and integrated transport.
(e) Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
(f) Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
(g) Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • FCT-07-2014: Law enforcement capabilities topic 3: Pan European platform for serious gaming and training Police forces, first responders, civil security agencies and operators of critical infrastructures in the EU are constantly facing new challenges and threat scenarios. New immersive training simulations in mixed-reality environments, dynamically addressing physical threats and cyber attacks, are needed to effectively prepare and train police forces, security teams, first response units and infrastructure operators for these new situations.
  • FCT-08-2014: Law enforcement capabilities topic 4: Trans-national cooperation among public end-users in security research stakeholders The aim of the topic is to improve coordination at European level of various transnational, national or regional law enforcement agencies networks in different security research domains. Activities should cover all relevant areas and additionally may focus on selected key topics. At least, this challenge should address: first, the identification of the relevant technologies for law enforcement end-users and way forward; second, the definition of a roadmap for solutions to improve interoperability of databases and information sharing systems in the area of law enforcement.
  • FCT-10-2014: Urban security topic 1: Innovative solutions to counter security challenges connected with large urban environment European large urban environments are subject to various challenges and threats to urban security linked to their big size and large population. These challenges have also a strong impact on the security perception of the citizens and, by this, they can impact on the economic development and the quality of life. Consequently, there is a growing need to go beyond the idea that only the law enforcement and criminal justice systems are tasked to tackle urban security challenges. On the contrary, new approaches and innovative solutions, including sustainable, affordable and transferrable security technologies, are needed to solicit citizens' engagement to prevent, mitigate and recover from the above-mentioned security challenges and to foster their direct participation in the improvement of the urban security conditions. In this framework, and upon due consideration for the concerned ethical issues, recent technological advances and appropriate sensing mechanisms can help to make a city more transparent and readable as well as to empower the citizens in smart cities by ensuring that the main urban dynamics are unveiled and available to the public.
  • FCT-11-2014: Urban security topic 2: Countering the terrorist use of an explosive threat, across the timeline of a plot, including the detection of explosives in a flow. Extensive research has been undertaken in recent years to enhance support to those involved in detecting and countering explosive threats. This research should propose innovative approaches to develop methods/technologies able to fill existing gaps or greatly improve already existing along the terrorist timeline, including: - Intelligence techniques to spot those preparing for an attack. - The inhibition of well-known precursors. - Detecting specific chemicals, and/or bomb factories and/or the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in transit, and in particular in a flow of vehicles / people. - Neutralizing the IED and undertaking forensic and evidential work. Furthermore, a substantial amount of research and development has been carried out for other purposes, that could be applied to efforts to counter IEDs and Home-Made Explosives (HMEs). For instance, federated sensors are being developed to detect air/water pollution in sewages, streets and buildings.
  • FCT-12-2014: Urban security topic 3: Minimum intrusion tools for de-escalation during mass gatherings improving citizens' protection Mass gatherings, especially in urban environments, have a potential risk of escalation and therefore may pose a threat to the safety of humans and the security of the society. LEA representatives as well as people in the crowd and in the neighborhood are regularly injured, sometimes seriously, during the course of such events. Hitherto approaches of LEAs for de-escalation often lack the capabilities to defuse rising tensions with minimal intrusion techniques. Research is needed to identify, test and assess new means of protecting citizens in crowd environments deteriorating into aggresive scenarios or even riots, such as sound, smell, communication, etc.. These means should be administered locally and with high precision in places where crowd parameters are reaching critical values regarding the safety of citizens. Crowd management tactics that are based on containment and controlled break-up by force could be replaced by festival tactics where one or more disrupting elements are removed with high precision and minimum intrusion before large scale escalation happens.
  • FCT-13-2014: Ethical/Societal Dimension Topic 1: Factors affecting (in-) security.
  • FCT-14-2014: Ethical/Societal Dimension Topic 2: Enhancing cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens - Community policing. Community policing is a value system followed by a police department, in which the primary organizational goal is working cooperatively with individual citizens, groups of citizens, and both public and private organizations in order to identify and resolve issues which potentially affect the liveability (quality of life) of specific neighbourhoods, areas, or the city as a whole. Police departments which are 'community-based' acknowledge the fact that the police cannot effectively work alone and must partner with others who share a mutual responsibility for resolving problems. Community policing aims at stressing prevention, early identification, timely intervention, as well as better crime reporting, identification of risks, unreported and undiscovered crime. Individual police inspectors are encouraged to spend considerable time and effort in developing and maintaining personal relationships with citizens and different community organizations.
  • FCT-05-2014: Law enforcement capabilities topic 1: Develop novel monitoring systems and miniaturised sensors that improve Law Enforcement Agencies' evidence- gathering abilities" Investigations on the activities of criminal organizations usually require Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to use electronic equipment for legal recording, retrieving and monitoring of criminal activities in a safe and unnoticed way, while keeping for both the sensors part and the monitoring station all the legal, integrity and chain-of-custody requirements that will enable the presentation of evidences obtained this way at the Courts of Justice. Requirements for this equipment are very different from those offered by available commercial devices. Depending on the operation, the periods of time that these electronic devices have to work can range from days to months or in real time. Access to the device could be limited or impossible. Secure remote operation over radio channel (or other type of communication channel, including GSM networks) should be possible. Other requirement may apply like small size for easy concealment, low power consumption for extended time life, robustness and self- protection in addition to strong authentication mechanisms for operators and protection of the communication channels.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 34,81 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 28 August 2014 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Fight against crime and Terrorism (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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