Strengthening Europe's CBRN industry

Defending the public against the malicious use of CBRN materials is a vital responsibility for European authorities, but it also represents a significant opportunity for European companies. An EU-funded project is working to promote a more efficient, sustainable and globally competitive European CBRN industry.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 29 November 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
EnergyNuclear fission  |  Nuclear fusion
EnvironmentHealth & environment
Industrial researchMaterials & products
Information societyInformation technology
Innovation
Research policyHorizon 2020
SMEs
Security
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Belgium  |  Finland  |  France  |  Germany  |  Italy  |  Poland  |  United Kingdom
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Strengthening Europe's CBRN industry

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Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) materials are a potential threat to the health and well-being of humans and our natural environment. Furthermore, such materials are relatively easily available and are no longer restricted to the military area as was previously the case.

Against this backdrop, CBRN defence and, in recent years, civilian security have become a significant industrial sector which is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

The EU-funded ENCIRCLE project is aiming to help strengthen the European CBRN industry. Currently, this industry is somewhat limited and fragmented and, as a result, not as competitive as it might be on the global playing field.

The ENCIRCLE team is working to address this challenge in several ways. First, it is creating a CBRN 'cluster', bringing together various groups working on a number of different EU-funded CBRN projects.

The goal is to achieve a higher level of coordination and complementarity among these projects. ENCIRCLE is disseminating a vision and roadmap for the development of the European CBRN market, to guide members in a common direction, based on practitioner-driven innovation.

Among other things, ENCIRCLE participants are tackling the difficulties experienced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by facilitating the development of new CBRN solutions for the market. Such solutions can be well-suited to addressing very specific niche requirements, but they might also need to be combined and integrated with other solutions to provide greater capability and resilience while better meeting practitioners’ needs and requirements.

The ENCIRCLE team is facilitating integration with platforms (e.g. systems, tools, services, products) by proposing standardised interfaces and future EU standards to integrate CBRN technologies and innovations.

Finally, an improved understanding of user requirements is being sought through direct dialogue with practitioners and the technological and industrial communities. The innovations resulting from the ENCIRCLE process should find a faster route to wider markets and a more positive response in terms of uptake. All the while, an invigorated European CBRN industry will be helping to keep Europe safe from CBRN attacks and/or similar incidents.

Project details

  • Project acronym: ENCIRCLE
  • Participants: Belgium (Coordinator), United Kingdom, France, Poland, Italy, Germany, Finland
  • Project N°: 740450
  • Total costs: € 1 997 085
  • EU contribution: € 1 997 085
  • Duration: March 2017 to March 2021

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