Call for Proposals 2017 - HERCULES III - Technical Assistance HERCULE-TA-AG-2017 Closed!


The operational objectives of the Programme are listed below:

  1. to improve the prevention and investigation of fraud and other illegal activities beyond current levels by enhancing transnational and multi-disciplinary cooperation;
  2. to increase the protection of the financial interests of the Union against fraud, facilitating the exchange of information, experiences and best practices, including staff exchanges;
  3. to strengthen the fight against fraud and other illegal activities providing technical and operational support to national investigation, and in particular customs and law enforcement, authorities;
  4. to limit the currently known exposure of the financial interests of the Union to fraud, corruption and other illegal activities with a view to reducing the development of an illegal economy in key risk areas such as organised fraud, including cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting;
  5. to enhance the degree of development of the specific legal and judicial protection of the financial interests of the Union against fraud by promoting comparative law analysis.


 The purpose of this call is to invite national and regional administrations to submit applications for actions under the following four topics:

  1. HERCULE-TA-2017-01: Investigation tools: The purchase and maintenance of investigation tools and methods, including specialised training to operate these tools ("Investigation tools and methods");
  2. HERCULE-TA-2017-02: Dectection devices: The purchase and maintenance of devices and animals to carry out inspections of containers, trucks, railway wagons and vehicles at the Union’s external borders to detect smuggled and counterfeited goods ("Detection tools");
  3. HERCULE-TA-2017-03: Automated Number Plate Recognition Systems (ANPRS): The purchase, maintenance and interconnection of systems for the recognition of vehicle number plates (Automated Number Plate Recognition Systems – ANPRS) or container codes. Specialised training needed to operate these systems is included;
  4. HERCULE-TA-2017-04: Destruction of seizures: The purchase of services to support Member States’ capacity to analyse, store and destroy seized cigarettes ("Analysis and Destruction of seizures")

European community funding

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

  • 9,15 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 09 August 2017 - 4 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

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

  • Public authorities (all)

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 Economic and Financial Affairs

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