Research & Innovation - Participant Portal

TOPIC : EU Cooperation and International Dialogues in Cybersecurity and Privacy Research and Innovation

Topic identifier: DS-05-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
15 March 2016
Deadline: 25 August 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Recognising the increasing importance of securing our European Digital Society against cybersecurity threats, a significant increase in related Research and Innovation activities has been observed such as the development of local cybersecurity and privacy innovation clusters, as well as investment driven at regional and national level.In order to maximise thematic synergies between H2020, EU and national efforts in the area of cybersecurity R&I, a better overview of these activities is needed.

Globally, an exchange of views and possible cooperation around cybersecurity and privacy research and innovation approaches, policies and best practices with like-minded third countries is also necessary in order to bring relevant elements of comparison and allow European stakeholders (public and private) to actively participate in those discussions which will determine the future global cyber security landscape.

Scope:

Proposals may cover one of the three strands identified below.

1. Synergies between H2020, EU Member States and associated countries R&I activities and cybersecurity innovation clusters.

Proposals should address two main challenges:

- Foster and promote European cybersecurity and privacy research and innovation

- Maximise synergies between R&I actions at EU and national levels;

Proposals shall be of a 4 year duration to cover projects from 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 WPs.

Proposals should therefore:

  • Identify Cybersecurity innovation clusters across EU Member States and promote their interaction and cooperation;
  • Map the cybersecurity and privacy end-users landscape and identify their specific needs which should be addressed through innovative solutions while taking into consideration all relevant prior work in this area (in particular from FP7 and CIP);
  • Organise an annual workshop bringing together participants from the EU clusters and participants in EU funded research and innovation projects;
  • In order to address both the technology supply and end-users demand side in cybersecurity and privacy, Digital Security and Privacy in ICT are recognised as challenges across individual H2020 pillars challenges and are addressed in many relevant R&I areas. For example, in LEIT-ICT these issues are addressed in embedded systems, micro-electronics, smart cards, 5G, cloud computing, big data, IoT…). In order to achieve maximum possible synergies and cross-fertilization between relevant research and innovation activities, it is needed to cluster the many projects encompassing security and privacy R&I into a Digital Security and Privacy Cluster for H2020;
  • Produce a detailed report of Member State national cybersecurity and privacy related Research & Innovation programmes and research agendas in order to identify the areas where EU funding may achieve maximum impact;
  • Identify new opportunities for cybersecurity innovation in Europe by looking at emerging trends and disruptive technologies (such as quantum cryptography);
  • Provide input into the work of the NIS Platform WG3 Strategic Research agenda, ENISA and national cybersecurity and privacy R&I road mapping initiatives at Member State level;
  • Identify and synthesize relevant policy, regulatory, economic, aspects including education and skills;
  • Identify and support standardisation efforts of proposals in the Digital Security Calls and propose actions to be included in the European Commission's ICT Standardisation Rolling Plan.
  • Identify and connect relevant market agents, capitalising on European strengths in the cybersecurity sector, including business drivers, technology enablers, and deployment challenges, from both supply and demand sides

2. International dialogue with Japan

  • Encourage and facilitate an exchange of views between the relevant EU and Japanese stakeholders on matters relating to cybersecurity and privacy R&I trends and challenges; identify and map the relevant legislation and policies in place stimulating the innovation and deployment of cybersecurity solutions.
  • Support the EU-Japan ICT dialogue in the area of cybersecurity;
  • Identify opportunities for future cooperation between the European research and innovation ecosystems (including standardisation) and policy makers and the corresponding institutional and private Japanese entities.
  • In line with the EU's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation, international cooperation is encouraged, and in particular with international research partners involved in ongoing discussions and workshops, with the European Commission. Legal entities established in countries not listed in General Annex A and international organisations will be eligible for funding only when the Commission deems participation of the entity essential for carrying out the action

3. International dialogue with the USA

  • Encourage and facilitate an exchange of views between the relevant EU and the US stakeholders on matters relating to cybersecurity and privacy R&I trends and challenges; identify and map the relevant legislation and policies in place stimulating the innovation and deployment of cybersecurity solutions.
  • Identify opportunities for future cooperation between the European research and innovation ecosystems (including standardisation) and policy makers and the corresponding federal and private US entities.
  • Launch a multistakeholder reflection between European and US institutional, research and think tanks addressing the international, technical as well as socio-political challenges in cybersecurtity;
  • In line with the EU's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation, international cooperation is encouraged, and in particular with international research partners involved in ongoing discussions and workshops, with the European Commission. Legal entities established in countries not listed in General Annex A and international organisations will be eligible for funding only when the Commission deems participation of the entity essential for carrying out the action

The Commission considers that proposals requesting the following contributions from the EU would allow these areas to be addressed appropriately:

  • up to EUR 2 million for strand 1
  • upt to EUR 0,5million each for strands 2 and 3

Nonetheless this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:
  • Identify and prioritise R&I topics across the EU.
  • Foster and promote European cybesecurity innovation activities
  • Increase the international visibility of EU activities in cybersecurity.
  • Identify potential European and international common approaches in addressing cybersecurity challenges from a R&I as well as a governance and institutional perspective.
Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aims at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and at supporting various groups of stakeholders, public-public partnerships with Member States and associated countries as well as the promotion of coherent and effective cooperation with third countries. It is excluded from the delegation to the Research Executive Agency and will be implemented by the Commission services.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
 

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exception: Proposals addressing strand 1. "Synergies between H2020, EU Member States and associated countries R&I activities and cybersecurity innovation clusters" shall be of a 4 year duration.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exception: Only the best proposal may be funded for strands 1, 2 and 3.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

          
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

     
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

     
  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

     
  8. Additional documents:

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Innovation in SMEs
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Cross-cutting activities (Focus Areas)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme
     

Submission Service

To access the Electronic Submission Service of the topic, please select the type of action that is most relevant to your proposal from the list below and click on the 'Start Submission' button. You will then be asked to confirm your choice of the type of action and topic, as these cannot be changed in the submission system. Upon confirmation you will be linked to the correct entry point.

To access existing draft proposals for this topic, please login to the Participant Portal and select the My Proposals page of the My Area section.

Type of Action Coordination & support action [CSA]
Topic EU Cooperation and International Dialogues in Cybersecurity and Privacy Research and Innovation - DS-05-2016
Guidance on proposal submission: H2020 online manual
IT Guidance: IT help

Get support

H2020 Online Manual your online guide on the procedures from proposal submission to managing your grant.

Participant Portal FAQ – Submission of proposals.

National Contact Points (NCP) - 
contact your NCP for further assistance.

Research Enquiry Service
– ask questions about any aspect of European research in general and the EU Research Framework Programmes in particular.

Enterprise Europe Network
– contact your EEN national contact for advice to businesses with special focus on SMEs. The support includes guidance on the EU research funding.

IT Helpdesk
- contact the Participant Portal IT helpdesk for questions such as forgotten passwords, access rights and roles, technical aspects of submission of proposals, etc.

Ethics – for compliance with ethical issues, see the Participant Portal and Science and Society Portal

European IPR Helpdesk
assists you on intellectual property issues

CEN
and CENELEC, the European Standards Organisations, advise you how to tackle standardisation in your project proposal. Contact CEN-CENELEC Research Helpdesk at research@cencenelec.eu.

The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their recruitment


Partner Search Services
help you find a partner organisation for your proposal