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Security research

Security-related research and innovative security technologies are crucial for the implementation and development of counter-terrorism policies. Thus, the EU brings together the industry and practitioners, as well as provides funding for EU States to access cutting-edge technologies, in order to better protect people and infrastructure.

Research and innovation

To establish research and innovation priorities for the future, a consultative forum – the European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF) – was set up by the Commission in 2007. The Forum brought together all security research stakeholders and served as a common basis for the planning of research activities and their exploitation, particularly through national and EU programmes. It also contributed to supporting civil security policy-making by providing the appropriate technology and knowledge-base. The Forum aimed to design an EU Security Research and Innovation Agenda for the medium and long term which is presented in its final report pdf - 5 MB [5 MB] of December 2009. The delivery of the Report was followed by the Communication from the Commission on a European Security Research and Innovation Agenda   where it outlined its initial position on ESRIF's key findings and recommendations.

In addition to the ESRIF, which ceased its activities at the end of 2009, Public Private Security Policy Partnerships (PPSPP) are developed, where appropriate, which involve all relevant stakeholders, such as EU and national public authorities, industry, academia, NGOs and others.

EU funding

The Commission provides two types of funding for security-related projects:

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In the absence of a generally accepted definition under international law, “terrorism” can be defined as ...


Specific Programme "Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and other Security-related Risks" (CIPS)

This programme contributes to the protection of citizens and critical infrastructures against terrorist attacks and...


Specific Programme "Prevention of and Fight against Crime" (ISEC)

This programme contributes to citizens' security by preventing and combating crime, in particular terrorism...


Natural crisis

Caused by natural events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms, hurricanes, tsunamis.


General Programme "Security and Safeguarding Liberties"

Funding programme that aims to ensure effective European cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime ...


Civil security

Law enforcement, crime fighting and counter terrorism (e.g. activities of police and forensics, customs and border ...