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    Secure Societies

    Protecting the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

    The specific objective is to foster secure European societies in the context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies and threats.

    There is a widespread perception of insecurity, whether due to crime, violence, terrorism, natural/man-made disasters, cyber attacks, privacy abuses or other forms of social and economic disorder. This affects citizens directly and has a wider impact on notions of trust, care and communication, and links to society's level of preparation and organisation.

    Citizens, firms and institutions are increasingly involved in digital interactions and transactions in social, financial and commercial areas of life. This development has led to cybercrime worth billions of Euros each year and to breaches of privacy affecting individuals or associations Europe-wide. Changes in the nature and perception of insecurity in everyday life, and the unexpected situations is likely to affect citizens' trust not only in institutions but also in each other.

    In order to anticipate, prevent and manage the threats Europe is facing (crime, violence, terrorism, natural/man-made disasters, cyber attacks, etc.), it is necessary to develop and apply innovative solutions, as well as to improve the competitiveness of the related European industries, while ensuring European citizens' individual rights and freedom.

    As security policies should interact with different social policies, enhancing the societal dimension of security research will be an important aspect of this challenge.


    Key Information

    Swiss eligibility:               Switzerland is fully associated to Horizon 2020 
    Horizon 2020 Funding:   Participant Portal
    Topic search:                   Find your topic
    Call descriptions, rules:   Work Programme (2016-2017)

    Scientific Disciplines

    • Exact Sciences
    • Natural Sciences
    • Technical & Applied Sciences
    • Social Sciences
    • Humanities

    Industrial Sectors

    • Electronics, IT & Telecommunications
    • Industrial Manufacturing
    • Other Industrial Technologies
    • Measurements & Standards
    • Protecting Man & Environment
    • Socio-Economic Concerns

    Main Target Audience

    • Industry / SMEs
    • End-users (national & cantonal "bluelight forces", civil protection units, border control etc.)
    • Universities / UAS
    • Research institutes

    Your Contact

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    Joël Graf

    National Contact Point (NCP):
    •Social Sciences and Humanities
    •Science with and for Society
    Effingerstrasse 19
    3008 Bern
    Tel.:+41 31 380 60 08

    Open Calls

    Open Calls

    The Work Programme 2018-2020 is expected to be published at the end of the year. For preliminary information on the upcoming calls please contact us.

    Upcoming Events

    Date City Vacancies
    03 OCT
    Organiser: Luxinnovation / European Commission - Health
    04 OCT
    Organiser: Euresearch Lugano / Laboratory of Science communication, Università della Svizzera italiana
    05 OCT
    Organiser: Enterprise Europe Network