Call for Proposals 2020 - HERCULES III - Technical Assistance HERCULE-TA-AG-2020 Closed!


This call for proposals concerns mainly the following operational objectives of the Programme:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;


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

  1. Investigation tools and methods (topic 1) – the purchase and maintenance of investigation tools and methods, including specialised training to operate these tools. The purchase of adapted transport equipment may be included.
  2. Detection and Identification tools (topic 2) – the purchase and maintenance of devices for inspecting containers, trucks, railway carriages and vehicles (‘detection tools’).
  3. Automated Number-Plate Recognition System (ANPRS) (topic 3) – the purchase, maintenance and (cross-border) interconnection of automated systems for the recognition of number-plates (ANPRSs) or container codes.
  4. Analysis, storage and destruction of seizures (topic 4) – the purchase of services for the analysis, storage and destruction of seized genuine or counterfeited cigarettes and other counterfeited goods.

European community funding

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

  • 10,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 23 April 2020 - more than one year ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call 2020 - HERCULES III - Technical Assistance (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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