Brussels, 07 Feb 2005 The Commission has published a call for proposals for projects and supporting activities in the scope of the preparatory action on the enhancement of European industrial potential in the field of security research.
For projects, the following priority missions are identified:
- optimising security and protection of networked systems;
- protecting against terrorism (including bio-terrorism and incidents with biological, chemical and other substances);
- enhancing crisis management (including evacuation, search and rescue operations, control and remediation);
- achieving interoperability and integration of systems for information and communication;
- improving situation awareness (e.g. in crisis management, anti-terrorism activities, or border control).
The last two priorities (interoperability and situation awareness) are horizontal; related projects may involve one or more of the three other (vertical) priorities. This list does not preclude the possible selection of additional projects that can be justified.
A small number (a maximum of ten) of supporting activities are foreseen in 2005 and should contribute to the preparation of the future European security research programme or address human factors related to security. Possible topics include:
- building security relevant research cooperation, networking and dissemination activities, in particular to establish recognised user communities;
- investigating procedures, management of intellectual property rights (IPR) and legal arrangements for the exchange of classified information between organisations participating in EU security research located in different Member States;
- studies in support of security solutions with a particular emphasis on human behaviour, perception of security and privacy; or on specific fields related to policies highly relevant to the security priorities of the preparatory act on security research (PASR);
- standardisation needs for equipment and services associated with security;
- studies on the feasibility of joint use of large-scale research, testing and evaluation infrastructures in the security field. The total indicative budget for the call is 15 million euro (12.5 million euro for projects and 2.5 million euro for supporting activities.
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Remarks: The deadline for submitting tender documents is 3 May 2005.