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Secure Societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

sicurezzaThis Challenge is about undertaking the research and innovation activities needed to protect our citizens, society and economy as well as our infrastructures and services, our prosperity, political stability and wellbeing.

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.

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.



  • 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 (CBRN);
  • 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;
  • to provide enhanced cyber-security, ranging from secure information sharing to new assurance models.


€ 188.03 million


Reference Links:

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2014-2015 Calls


Work Programme 2014-2015





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