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CERIS - Community for European Research and Innovation for Security

Community for European Research and Innovation for Security

CoU becomes CERIS

Aiming to facilitate interactions within the security research community and users of research outputs, in 2014 the Commission established the Community of Users for Safe, Secure and Resilient Societies (CoU). This informal platform included around 1,500 registered stakeholders (policy makers, end-users, academia, industry and civil society) and regularly held thematic events with the security research community.

In light of the forthcoming Horizon Europe developments between 2021-2027, the CoU has enlarged its scope to become the Community for European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS).

The objectives of CERIS are to

  • analyse identified capability needs and gaps in the corresponding areas
  • identify solutions available to address the gaps
  • translate capability gaps and potential solutions into research needs
  • identify funding opportunities and synergies between different funding instruments
  • identify standardisation research-related needs
  • integrate the views of citizens

Commission presents on-going measures for CERIS and security research

On December 15th, the Commission published a staff working document titled "Enhancing security through research and innovation"

The document describes examples how

  • law enforcement authorities,
  • border guards and
  • first responders

benefit from EU security research projects promoting innovative technologies and knowledge sharing. The area of activities range from fighting crime and terrorism to border management and disaster resilience.

The document also promotes a capability driven approach towards civil security, moving from a reactive approach towards foresight, prevention and preparedness among security practitioners.


The staff-working document also describes the measures to enable an optimal uptake of research results into operational tools and services available to EU country authorities and EU agencies.

These measures include:

  • the new Community of European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS), which is integrating all stakeholders and areas related to security research under one community
  • the setting up a high-level European Forum on Security Research in 2022, to support a policy-led approach to security research in the EU
  • fostering a capability-driven approach in security in line with Action 1 of the Action Plan on synergies between civil, defence and aerospace industries
  • removing barriers to initiate innovation in security, for instance by creating synergies among EU funding instruments.

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