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Call: Digital Security: Cybersecutity, Privacy and Trust

Acronym H2020
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Horizon 2020"
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly 80 billion € of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Apart from classic research projects, Horizon 2020 also funds innovation projects and pilot-projects in different fields.
The programme is divided into three different sections:
  1. Excellent Science
  2. Industrial Leadership
  3. Societal Challenges
Countries eligible for funding are: The EU-Member States, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Switzerland, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Israel, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia.
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Description of programme
"Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens"

The primary aims of the Secure Societies Challenge are:

  • to enhance the resilience of our society against natural and man-made disasters, ranging from the development of new crisis management tools to communication interoperability, and to develop novel solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure;
  • to fight crime and terrorism ranging from new forensic tools to protection against explosives;
  • to improve border security, ranging from improved maritime border protection to supply chain security and to support the Union's external security policies including through conflict prevention and peace building;
  • and to provide enhanced cyber-security, ranging from secure information sharing to new assurance models.

Securing the society against disasters is one of the central elements of the functioning of any society. There is barely any societal sector which is not to some extent concerned by disasters and related resilience and security issues. Fighting crime and terrorism requires new technologies and capabilities for fighting and preventing crime (including cyber-crime), illegal trafficking and terrorism (including cyber-terrorism), including understanding and tackling terrorist ideas and beliefs to also avoid aviation-related threats. The protection of the European borders requires the development of systems, equipment, tools, processes, and methods for rapid identification. This includes supply chain security in the context of the EU’s customs policy.

On Digital Security, this Challenge focuses on increasing the security of current applications, services and infrastructures by integrating state-of-the-art security solutions or processes, supporting the creation of lead markets & market incentives in Europe, following an end-user driven approach, including for instance law enforcement agencies, first responders, operators of critical infrastructures, ICT service providers, ICT manufacturers, market operators and citizens.

This Challenge should bring together all security stakeholders: industry - including SMEs, research organisations, universities, as well as public authorities, non-governmental organisations and public and private organisations in the security domain. The active involvement of end-users is of high importance.

The Secure Societies Challenge will contribute to the implementation of the policy goals of the Europe 2020 strategy, the Security Industrial Policy, the Internal Security Strategy and the Cyber Security Strategy.

Digital Security: Cybersecutity, Privacy and Trust
Description of call
"Digital Security: Cybersecutity, Privacy and Trust"

The European Strategy for Cybersecurity highlights a set of actions to be implemented by the European Commission to "…develop the industrial and technological resources for cybersecurity…", "… promoting a Single Market for cybersecurity products…", and "… fostering R&D investments…". This call will be one of the instrument to reach these aims.

Cyber-security is a multi-faceted issue (involving critical economic and civilian stakes; cybercrime; defence; fundamental rights protection; norms of behaviour). The proposed activities in this domain address the economic and societal dimension of security and privacy in the digital ecosystem, for the purposes of ensuring the well-functioning of the internal market. This work contributes to the efforts being done in the other areas relevant to cybersecurity.

Securing and increasing the trust in the digital society must be our central concern. It entails preventing cyber-attacks on any component of the digital society (networks, access devices, IT services, ….) no matter what their nature or origin; as well as protecting physical (e.g. critical infrastructures) or intangible assets (e.g. finances, intellectual property, privacy). As a consequence this call addresses the technology to secure the infrastructure (e.g. networks), hardware (e.g. access devices), services (e.g. cloud computing), components (e.g. RFID), software (e.g. operating systems, web-browsers), etc… against accidental or malevolent use. As cybersecurity is cross-domain the call will provide cybersecurity whatever the application or domain (mobile, eCommerce…), or societal challenge (e.g. health, energy, smart cities, …).

This Call will thus focus on demonstrating the viability and maturity of state-of-the-art security, privacy and trust solutions that have been tested in a laboratory environment. The intention is that after this validation phase they will find a wide up take in the market. Proving that the security concepts, processes and solutions work in a real life environment, in large scale demonstrators and directly involving end users who would ultimately benefit the most from the outcome, should increase the prospects for an ICT security market and demonstrate the validity and effectiveness of security. This in turn will reduce the risks of a negative economic impact due to a cyber-incident. However, there is still a large number of unresolved cybersecurity, privacy and trust issues that necessitate longer term research. Constantly new questions come up due to the evolution of ICT or the usage made thereof. Digital security is an issue cutting across all ICT technology, components, applications or services. Generic research is thus needed addressing those more fundamental and ubiquitous questions. Therefore, this call is complementary to the Cybersecurity and Trustworthy ICT activities supported under the "Information and Communication (ICT)' theme of the 'Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies' (LEIT) pillar of H2020 where those longer term issues are addressed. 

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Thematic Focus Biotechnology, Energy, Development Cooperation, Food & Healthy Diet, Fishery, Research, History, Health, Equal Rights, Infrastructure, Innovation, SME, Disaster Prevention, Climate, Agriculture and Forestry, Human Rights, Mobility, Sustainability, Security, Urban development, Technologies, Telecommunication, Transport, Environment & biodiversity, Traffic, Administration, Natural ressources, Competitiveness
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Origin of Applicant EU Member States

Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, , Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Recurring Call No
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