Call for proposals for Digital Security: Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust H2020-DS-2014-1 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:

  • DS-01-2014: Privacy. Many online users are reluctant to disclose personal information online because of privacy concerns. Personal data has become an economic asset, but it is not the owners, i.e. the users, that control or monetize it. This is in the hands of the service providers whose business case often includes the use of data they collect (e.g. social networks, search engines, online retailers, and cloud hosting services). Data protection and privacy frameworks in Member States and Associated Countries need to be implemented in a transparent and user-friendly way to help users understand how their personal data might be used, including the economic value of their data. Such knowledge will enable them to exercise choice and know and assert their rights. As the economic value of their data is not known to the average user, they are not able to evaluate the value of their data relative to the value they assign to a "free" service. Moreover, the users have no control over what happens with their data, e.g. they cannot verify the data is not passed on to 3rd parties. This situation may influence individuals notion of privacy which may be perceived as a non-valuable asset. Data protection principles need to be visibly respected for the delivery of personalised public services, to increase trust in public administrations. Transparency is particularly important in an open government context, where personal data may be shared between different departments and administrations or across borders and where third parties can engage in the creation and delivery of personalised services for citizens and businesses.


  • DS-02-2014: Access Control. Security includes granting access only to the people that are entitled to it. Currently the most widespread approach relies on passwords. Managing the passwords has its limits and poses a challenge to the user, which adds vulnerabilities. Common practice is to use the same or similar password, which increases significantly the risk should the password be broken.


  • DS-06-2014: Risk management and assurance models. The ability to assess, manage, reduce, mitigate and accept risk is paramount for an effective protections against cybersecurity threats and incidents. The dependence of networks and information systems, that are essential for the functioning of our societies and economies (including Critical Infrastructures), on public communication networks and off-the-shelf components is an additional risk. However, in the area of cybersecurity, recent developments and trends render traditional (i.e. static and iterative) risk management methodologies ineffective and rapidly obsolete. There are however no generally accepted best practices guidelines for risk management, nor a consensus on the minimal requirements for the market actors concerned, neither at a sectorial, nor at cross-sector level. For this reason, the NIS public-private platform (Network Information Security Platform) will seek to identify best practices on risk management, including information assurance, risks metrics and awareness raising.

European community funding

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

  • 47,04 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 13 May 2014 - 7 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Digital Security: Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust (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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