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Technical Assistance for Disaster Risk Management
Union Civil Protection Mechanism Funds
Estimated EU contribution per project
max. € 750,000.00
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The action “Technical Assistance for Disaster Risk Management” (hereinafter: “Track 1”) provides national disaster risk management authorities of eligible countries with financial support for the development of strategic disaster risk management actions. National disaster risk management authorities are best placed to identify priorities and gaps that the UCPM and other programmes (national, EU, international) can help address in their countries.
2.1. General Objectives of Track 1 (according to the Financing Decision)
- To support Member States’ efforts of enhancing their institutional and technical capacity for preparing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and improving strategic disaster prevention and preparedness activities.
- To sustain Member States’ efforts to anticipate future systemic shocks, related to pandemics and/or other hazards, by fostering a culture of prevention and by improving cooperation between the civil protection, disaster risk management, and other relevant services.
- To support the preparation and the implementation of prevention and preparedness investments, strategies and reforms.
- To support the new and future Participating States in fulfilling their responsibilities under the Mechanism.
- To further develop plans, procedures and/or arrangements aimed at ensuring effective cross-sectoral, cross-border or trans-national crisis prevention, preparedness and response, while ensuring the integration with the overall UCPM efforts.
- To support civil protection organisations and disaster risk management actors in integrating climate adaptation and resilience in their risk assessments, strategies and plans, investments, and overall activities.
- To support the greening of civil protection and disaster risk management activities.
2.2. Specific Objectives of the 2024 Track 1 call
- To facilitate access to financing for investments in disaster risk management, including for the green transition;
- To contribute to new policies, strategies and investment plans for anticipating and managing current and future risks;
- To support the implementation of the EU Wildfire Prevention Action Plan;
- To support the implementation of the Disaster Resilience Goals (four out of the five Goals are supported through this call, disaster resilience goal no. 4 is covered by response capacities in the European Civil Protection Pool and rescEU);
- To enhance risk awareness and preparedness of the population and to facilitate public access to disaster risk information;
- To generate evidence and knowledge for improved policy and practice in disaster risk management, and climate resilience;
- To support the green transition of disaster risk management authorities.
Applicants must choose only one of the following priorities:
Priority 1. Strategic frameworks for disaster risk management
- Develop a multi-risk or risk-specific disaster risk management plan and/or strategy;
- Carry out studies and assessments required to develop policies, legislation, institutions and/or measures for improved disaster risk management and climate resilience;
- Develop a strategic framework for public awareness raising and training programmes for disaster risk management;
- Develop or enhance national multi-hazard disaster loss databases and/or tools;
- Develop green transition plans and/or instruments for disaster risk management authorities;
- Contribute to the implementation of the relevant Union disaster resilience goals.
Priority 2. Investments for disaster risk management
- Conduct feasibility studies and/or assessments required for the preparation or upgrade of investments for disaster risk management and climate resilience (infrastructure and/or other investment projects), such as design, cost-benefit analyses, impact assessments, etc.;
- Develop proposals for investment projects addressing disaster and climate resilience that would be submitted for funding to national budget or to various Union funds;
- Develop national/sub-national investment plan(s) for implementing prevention, preparedness, and/or recovery measures;
- Contribute to the implementation of the relevant Union Disaster Resilience Goal(s).
Priority 3. Investments to improve crisis management capabilities
- Support effective crisis management capacities in a Member State, e.g. processes aimed at ensuring effective scenario-building, foresight and horizon-scanning for the purposes of detecting, identifying and assessing potential future crisis situations;
- Develop or improve existing plans, procedures and/or arrangements, including business continuity planning, aimed at ensuring effective cross-sectoral and cross-border crisis preparedness and responses, including ones with a UCPM component;
- Develop or enhance existing plans, procedures and/or arrangements for sharing information, including early warning information, on a cross-sectoral and cross-border basis;
- Contribute to the implementation of the relevant Union Disaster Resilience Goals.
Expected effects and impacts
Proposals are invited to highlight their contribution to the Commission’s horizontal commitments as appropriate to the proposal’s particular focus and structure. Horizontal issues include: the reduction of climate impacts associated with project implementation as well as the broader concept of greening in civil protection; the promotion of gender balance and equality in project implementation and output; as well as the consideration of needs and perspectives of vulnerable groups and persons with disabilities.
Priority 1. Strategic framework for disaster risk management – possible outcomes:
- Strengthened national disaster risk assessment capabilities;
- Strengthened national disaster risk management framework;
- Improved data and analysis for developing new disaster risk management policies, plans, legislation, etc.;
- Increased evidence-based public risk awareness and population preparedness;
- Strengthened capabilities and understanding of disaster risk among the general public or specific groups, including vulnerable groups and persons with disabilities.
- Improved multi-hazard disaster loss data;
- Progress made in the implementation of the Disaster Resilience Goals.
Priority 2. Investments for disaster risk management – possible outcomes:
- Increased quality of disaster risk management investment plans and projects;
- Improved disaster risk management budgeting with a view to implement disaster resilience goals;
- More investments in disaster risk management;
- Increased synergies with other funding instruments;
- Progress made in the implementation of the Disaster Resilience Goals.
Priority 3. Investments to improve crisis management capabilities – possible outcomes
- Increased cross-sectoral crisis management capabilities at national, regional, local, cross-border and European levels;
- Strengthened early warning systems, public warning and information systems;
- Better forecasting and scenario-building capacities;
- Integration of early warning systems in decision making;
- Progress made in the implementation of the Disaster Resilience Goals.
Under Priority 1. Strategic frameworks for disaster risk management – outputs could include:
- New or improved multi-risk or risk-specific disaster risk management plans or strategies;
- Improved risk assessment analyses, methodologies or tools;
- Compilation of good practices and knowledge in the field of disaster risk management;
- Development and implementation of strategies and measures aimed at increasing risk awareness and preparedness of the population.
- Digital awareness raising products, such as media campaigns, including social media, open-source platforms, other visuals;
- Development of training and educational modules, methodologies, workshops, for the general public or specific groups, including vulnerable groups and persons with disabilities;
- New or improved action plans for prevention, including “build-back better” measures following disasters;
- Studies and analyses aimed at developing/upgrading policies, legislation, governance arrangements, and / or implementing the relevant Union disaster resilience goals;
- Green transition plans and/or tools for disaster risk management authorities;
- Relevant databases and/or IT applications;
- New or improved national multi-hazard disaster loss databases and procedures.
Under Priority 2. Investments for disaster risk management – outputs could include:
- Studies for the preparation or upgrade of investments for disaster risk management and climate resilience (e.g. feasibility assessment, economic analyses, impact assessment, design options, etc.).
- Proposals for investment projects addressing disaster risk management and climate resilience that would be submitted for funding under the national budget or other funding instruments (including EU), including technical specifications/terms of reference;
- Studies, analyses, guidelines, or procedures aimed at implementing the relevant Union disaster resilience goal.
Under Priority 3. Investments to improve crisis management capabilities – outputs could include:
- Plans and standard operating procedures;
- Development of training modules and corresponding training materials to build relevant skills in DRM;
- Guidance material for translating lessons learnt into existing learning initiatives;
- Scenario frameworks, manuals, guidelines and planning tools, action plans, evaluation reports and trainings on their use and adaptation; − Improved methodologies and applications for forecasting, detection and monitoring;
- Tools for public warning, taking into account specific needs of the population (for instance, multi-lingual communities, vulnerable groups and persons with disabilities, etc.);
- Studies, analyses, guidelines, or procedures aimed at implementing the relevant Union Disaster Resilience Goal(s).
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна)
Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs)
Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries); affiliated entities are allowed, if applicable and duly justified.
Due to the technical nature of the activities and the administrative structure in case of decentralised administrations, a legal entity having a legal or capital link with the main applicant, which is neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of its implementation, may take part in the action as an Affiliated Entity.
Affiliated entities may declare eligible costs. It is therefore important that applicants correctly identify the Affiliated Entity(-ies) in the application form.
Where an action, due to its nature, should require sub-contracting (e.g. to make available a specific/technical expertise), the eligible applicant will still need to keep the “steering” of the action and ownership of its outputs. Under this call for proposals, the entire action may be sub-contracted, except for the tasks of reporting and submitting of the deliverables to the Commission.
In all cases, the eligible applicant takes the responsibility for the oversight and execution of the activities and for the final deliverables to the Commission.
Applicants may participate with associated partners (i.e. partner organisations which participate in the action but without the right to get grant money). They participate without funding and therefore do not need to be validated.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public bodies);
- be the national level civil protection authority or a national authority with disaster risk management responsibilities of eligible countries;
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e. UCPM Participating Countries:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs));
- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, North Macedonia, Serbia, Türkiye, Ukraine;
- Other countries: Georgia and Kosovo, in view of their ongoing efforts to join the UCPM.
According to the Financing Decision, the applicants have to be national disaster risk management authorities of eligible countries. This includes civil protection authorities and other authorities with disaster risk management responsibilities. Whenever the applicant is not a national civil protection authority, the application should include references to the relevant legal basis showing the responsibilities of the applicant in the disaster risk management area.
Other entities may participate in other consortium roles as defined in section 13 of the call document.
other eligibility criteria
- Natural persons are NOT eligible.
- International organisations are not eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
- The following activities are not considered eligible for funding under this invitation:
- Purchase of equipment;
- Activities on Prevention and Preparedness in the field of Disaster Risk Management being funded by other EU funds, including funds made available to implement Decision No 1313/2013/EU.
- Financial support to third parties
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
max. 24 months
Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System ( NOT the documents available on the Topic page — they are only for information).
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:
- Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as PDF in the system)
- mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded as PDF files/included in Part B):
- Detailed budget table (mandatory excel template available in the Submission System)
- Letter of Support from the competent national civil protection authority, except for applicants which themselves are the national civil protection authority. Guidance on the information to be provided to the national authority when seeking endorsement is available here (specific Word template available in the Submission System).
Your application must be readable, accessible and printable. Proposals are limited to 60 pages (Part B), excluding annexes. Evaluators will not consider any additional pages.