Call for proposals for disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change H2020-DRS-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:

  • DRS-02-2014: Crisis management topic 2: Tools for detection, traceability, triage and individual monitoring of victims after a mass CBRNE contamination and/or exposure. A fast detection of exposure or contamination with CBRN substances (including toxins) using traceable toolsand rapid identification of critically exposed individuals is essential to gain time in the triage of victims in case of accidents or terrorist attack. Research on traceability and monitoring of a large number of people in case of a massive CBRN incident is therefore needed to differentiate between contaminated and/or exposed persons and those individuals not contaminated persons on-site or in hospital zones.


  • DRS-04-2014: Crisis management topic 4: Feasibility study for strengthening capacity-building for health and security protection in case of large-scale pandemics – Phase I Demo. Emerging diseases and their pandemic potential pose a great security threat at national and EU level, particularly in the era of globalization when disease can spread more rapidly than in previous eras. Thirty four percent of all deaths worldwide are now attributable to infectious disease, while war only accounts for 0.64 percent of those deaths. Improving capacity-building is key to fight epidemics and the European Union must increase its efforts to improve domestic and global risk assessment, surveillance, communication capability and governance. Additionally, reducing disease transmission through public education and related measures is also crucial to minimizing pandemic impacts, i.e. for health security and protection in case of large-scale pandemics, further capacity-building is essential.


  • DRS-07-2014: Crisis management topic 7: Crises and disaster resilience – operationalizing resilience concepts. To increase Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters is a topic of highest political concern in the EU and its Member States and Associated Countries. This concerns both man-made threats (accidents, terrorism) and natural hazards such as e.g. floods, storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.While the term ‘resilience’ can be described as “The ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions.” (UNISDR, 2009), it is necessary to break down and practically apply this definition to the different security sectors. Resilience concepts namely need to be developed for critical infrastructures (supply of basic services like water, food, energy, transport, housing/ shelter, communications, finance, health), but also for the wider public to integrate and address human and social dynamics in crises and disaster situations, including the role of the population, the media, rescuers (staff, volunteers and ad-hoc volunteers). . Resilience concepts need also to take into account the necessity to anticipate, to plan and to implement in the crises time a substitution process aiming to deal with a lack of material, technical or human resources or capacities necessary to assume the continuity of basic functions and services until recovery from negative effects and until return to the nominal position.


  • DRS-08-2014: Crisis management topic 8: Trans-national co-operation among National Contact Points (NCPs) for Security. For editorial reasons, this topic is presented under the Disaster Resilient Societies call but the topic relates to the whole secure societies challenge. Facilitate trans-national co-operation between NCPs within this Societal challenge with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to programme applicants, taking into account the diversity of actors that make up the constituency of this Societal challenge.


  • DRS-16-2014: Critical Infrastructure Protection topic 6: Improving the aviation security chain. Aviation Security is governed by EU legislation (such as Directive 2008/114/EC of 8 December 2008 on the identification and designation of European critical infrastructures and the assessment of the need to improve their protection) and implemented at airports (checkpoint for passengers and staff, hold baggage and air cargo control areas, etc.) and to relevant supply chains. The security requirement is to prevent unlawful interference with aviation security through aircraft, from which stems the requirement to prohibit dangerous items such as arms and explosives ('the prohibited items') coming on board an aircraft, be they carried on people, in their items, or concealed as air cargo or mail as well as supplies. Maintaining the integrity of security restricted areas for persons, items, consignments and supplies, from the moment they were controlled until they enter a secured aircraft is vital. Policy is moving towards more risk-based, outcome-focused, passenger-facilitation oriented measures. The challenge for aviation security research shall be to explore new ways and ideas that are conceptually very different to those already in development or deployed. This shall lead to designing systems and processes that are faster, more accurate and reliable, less invasive, and overall more efficient to operate than existing ones.


  • DRS-18-2014: Communication technologies and interoperability topic 1: interoperable next generation of broadband radio communication system for public safety and security - Pre-commercial Procurement (PcP). Until now each EU Member State has adopted its own radio-communication system for the use of its security forces (Police, first responders, etc.). These are based on similar standards. Unfortunately, most of these systems are not EU interoperable at least from an operational point of view. The EU has already funded a number of research projects to help to overcome this issue. The main challenge is now to make a further step and to push both standardization of Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) related broadband radio technology and the research done to the institutional market. This will lead to the introduction of innovative, seamless, interoperable (also in degraded conditions) and cost efficient PPDR broadband communication systems, while preserving the investment done on the currently deployed systems.


  • DRS-19-2014: Communication technologies and interoperability topic 2: Next generation emergency services. The manner in which emergency calls are being made today is changing and the change of pace has legal ramifications for our citizens. Society is using internet-based tools for every day activities but, for instance, making an emergency call using Voice over IP is not possible. Smartphone penetration is growing rapidly and whilst society benefits from this digital world, the future of how we make emergency calls is not so clear. In this context, there is a need to identify the main requirements of emergency services (the demand side) on the basis of existing research information and to identify research gaps. There is also a need to improve the security of citizens, including those with disabilities or special needs, by creating the environment and infrastructure to allow technology and solution providers (the supply side), in particular SMEs, to test their Internet Protocol-based 112 emergency communication end-to-end against such requirements with each other and with the emergency services.


  • DRS-20-2014: Ethical/Societal Dimension topic 1: Improving protection of Critical infrastructures from insider threats. Critical Infrastructures are crucial assets for the functioning of a society and an economy. Consequently, they can be the target of several threats, in particular terrorist threats. In this framework, the risk of an insider threat coming from personnel and third party individuals, who have inside knowledge about the infrastructure security practices and/or have access rights to certain key components, data and computer, is particularly high for Critical Infrastructures.


  • DRS-05-2014: Crisis management topic 5: Situation awareness of Civil Protection decision-making solutions – preparing the ground for a PCP. The Lisbon Treaty contains specific and important changes regarding Civil Protection that provide competence to the EU to:

a) carry out actions to support, coordinate or supplement the actions of Member States and Associated Countries at national, regional and local level in risk prevention in preparing their civil-protection personnel and in responding to natural or man-made disasters within the Union;
b) promote swift effective cooperative action within the EU between national civil protection services;
c) promote consistency in international civil protection actions. A comprehensive European approach on security issues based on the capitalization of knowledge existing at EU and national level will considerably help the development and implementation of civil protection decision-making solutions.

  • DRS-09-2014: Disaster Resilience & Climate Change topic 1: Science and innovation for adaptation to climate change: from assessing costs, risks and opportunities to demonstration of options and practices. As the EU, the Member States, Associated Countries and the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) progress towards the development of appropriate responses for adapting to climate change, there is a pressing need for developing a coherent research and innovation agenda, to provide:

- The coordination and the clustering of research and innovation activities on climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation in different sectors, also in relation to long-term risk reduction from extreme weather events;
- A more standardised basis (including transferable, widely applicable tools and methods) for assessing potential climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, costs, benefits, risks and opportunities;
- A strengthened knowledge base, through a more coherent approach to the identification and assessment of the performance and impacts of different adaptation measures, with a view to prioritise relevant interventions;
- Support for the development of innovative adaptation and long term risk reduction options, fine-tuned to specific natural and socio-economic conditions across Europe, with the aim to protect and reduce the vulnerability of sensitive resources, economic sectors, green and technical infrastructure, and society from climate-change related threats.

  • DRS-21-2014: Ethical/Societal Dimension topic 2: Better understanding the links between culture, risk perception and disaster management. Culture is the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from a set of values, history, literature, language, religion to cuisine, social habits or music and arts. Preparedness, response to disasters and after-crisis recovery is always influenced by cultural background of individuals and the society they live in. To this end, cultural factors play also an important role in determining the way people respond to stress, engage in the crisis management and accept disaster relief in an emergency situation. At the same time lack of cultural understanding, sensitivity and competencies can hamper and even harm the professional response to disaster as it is crucial to understand the cultural background of disaster victims.

European community funding

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

  • 65,40 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 28 August 2014 - 7 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change (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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