The final call for proposals of the FP7 security theme has been published by the Commission on the 10th of July 2012. With a budget of nearly €300 million, spread over 54 research topics, this last call is the largest call for security research projects in the history of the Seventh Framework Programme.
The significance of the 2013 Security Work Programme goes, however, far beyond the mere financial dimension. This Work Programme comprises a series of topics that mark the finalisation of the ambitious targets laid during the creation of the Security Theme in 2007.
Many topics of the 2013 Work Programme are the result of the continuous efforts and investment of the Commission in security research. Building on the results of the initial capability studies and technological developments in the early Work Programmes, this final Work Programme will lead to the largest development and testing of innovative security technologies so far.
Most notable among these "flagships" projects are the two Phase II Demonstration Programmes on "aftermath crisis management" and on "logistics and supply chain security".
The demonstration on aftermath crisis management will be the conclusion of over 40 projects on crisis management financed by the security theme over the last five years (e.g. preparing for natural or man made disasters, post disaster relief and response, etc.). The aim of this project will be to integrate all the novel crisis management technologies into the existing crisis management systems in the EU.
The demonstration on logistics and supply chain will tackle one of the central security challenges of the 21st century; the secure and efficient transit of goods around the world. This topic addresses security challenges, ranging from attacks on supply chains (including cyber attacks), terrorist threats and contaminations to trafficking and contraband, with the aim of ensuring the safety and protection of European citizens and the stability of the European economy.
Further topics will address essential issues, such as: the fight against large scale forest fires, the fight against human trafficking, the fast rescue of disaster victims, the protection of large crowds (e.g. during sporting events, "Facebook events", large concerts) and the use of social media in crisis management.
This Work Programme will not only mark the end of a cycle, but also the beginning of a new area: the preparation of Horizon 2020. We need to ensure that EU security research meets the security challenges, threats and needs in Europe for the years to come. A series of topics in this Work Programme are thus oriented on the development of specific research agendas, including: land transport security, cyber crime and cyber terrorism, as well as long term horizon scanning for security research and innovation.
The full security Work Programme along with all the relevant information for the call can be found under the following link.