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Horizon 2020 WP 2018-2020 - border security related topics

 

The research topics pertaining to WP 2018-2020 of Secure Societies section (Horizon 2020), with relevance for the border security domain, are published on the EC's website at:

 http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-security_en.pdf , as follows:

-pages 35-43 (SU-BES01-2018-2019-2020 - Human factors, and social, societal, and organizational aspects of border and external security; SU-BES02-2018-2019-2020 - Technologies to enhance border and external security and SU-BES03-2018-2019-2020 - Demonstration of applied solutions to enhance border and external security);

-pages 43-48 (SU-GM01-2018-2019-2020: Pan-European networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security;  SU-GM02-2018-2020 - Strategic pre-commercial procurements of innovative, advanced systems to support security and SU-GM03-2018-2019-2020 - Pre-commercial procurements of innovative solutions to enhance security). 

 

I. SU-BES01-2018-2019-2020 - Human factors, and social, societal, and organizational aspects of border and external security

-subtopic 1 (2018) - perception of the EU abroad

-subtopic 2 (2019) - modelling of migration flows

-subtopic 3 (2020) - developing threats indicators

 

and

 

SU-BES02-2018-2019-2020 - Technologies to enhance border and external security

-subtopic 1 (2018) - augmented reality

-subtopic 2 (2018) - documents fraud AND people ID

-subtopic 3 (2019) - security on-board ships

-subtopic 4 (2019) - goods crossing threats

-subtopic 5 (2020) - disruptive surveillance sensors

-subtopic 6 (2018-19-20) - open

 

are "Research & Innovation actions" - Activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. For this purpose they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment. Projects may contain closely connected but limited demonstration or pilot activities aiming to show technical feasibility in a near to operational environment. 

 

EU funding rate – 100%

 

For BES 01 and BES 02 - Predefined subtopics require the active involvement of at least 3 Border or Coast Guard Authorities from at least 3 different EU or Associated countries. Where applicable sub-topic: OPEN requires at least 5 such organizations, from at least 5 different EU or Associated countries.

 

II. SU-BES03-2018-2019-2020 - Demonstration of applied solutions to enhance border and external security

is a "Innovation action" - Activities directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.

-subtopic 1 (2018) - RPAS and underwater autonomous vehicles

-subtopic 2 (2019) - new concept for decision support/ information

-subtopic 3 (2020) - detection/tracking of small boats

-subtopic 4 (2018-19-20) - open

 

EU funding rate – 70% (except non-profit, which are still funded 100%)

 

For BES 03 - Predefined subtopics require the active involvement of at least 3 Border or Coast Guard Authorities from at least 3 different EU or Associated countries. Where applicable sub-topic: OPEN requires at least 5 such organizations, from at least 5 different EU or Associated countries.

For BES 03 – Consortia must be coordinated by a practitioner organization under civilian authority and command. The duration of the proposed activity – maximum 18 months.

 

III. SU-GM01-2018-2019-2020: Pan-European networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security and SU-GM02-2018-2020 - Strategic pre-commercial procurements of innovative, advanced systems to support security

are  "Coordination & support actions" - Accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies. For more detail see Annex D to the work programme.

 

GM01 subtopics:

-Subtopic a - same discipline practitioners (open only in 2019)

-Subtopic b - innovation clusters

-Subtopic c - procurement agencies

-Subtopic d -border and coast guard organizations+industry+researchers

 

GM02 subtopics:

-Subtopic 1 - scommon requirements specification (2018)

-Subtopic 2 - procurement of subtopic1 prototypes (2020)

 

-For GM 01 – a, b, c, d – practitioner participation from at least 8 MS or SAC is mandatory.

-For GM 02, subtopic 1 – participation is required of at least 6 relevant practitioner organizations, as well as of 3 potential “buyers” of systems (departments/agencies dealing with acquisition planning, or procurement), from 3 different EU or Associated countries.

-For GM 02, subtopic 2 – participation is required of at least 3 relevant practitioner organizations, as well as of 3 potential “buyers” of systems (departments/agencies dealing with acquisition planning, or procurement), from 3 different EU or Associated countries. The funding rate is 90% of the eligible costs.

 

IV. SU-GM03-2018-2019-2020 - Pre-commercial procurements of innovative solutions to enhance security

is "Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP)" - it enables the public sector as a technologically demanding buyer to encourage research and development of breakthrough solutions that can bring radical quality and efficiency improvements in areas of public interest, whilst opening market opportunities for industry and researchers.

The requested reimbursement of the estimated eligible costs of coordination and networking activities should not exceed 30% of the requested grant. Indirect eligible costs are calculated as a flat rate of 25% of direct eligible costs, excluding direct eligible costs for subcontracting (e.g the price of the PCP procurement) and costs of resources made available by third parties which are not used on the premises of the beneficiary (e.g test equipment).

For the eligible activities and further detail about requirements of PCP, please see Annex E: Specific requirements for innovation procurement (PCP/PPI) supported by Horizon 2020 grants and Annex D: Type of Actions to the work programme.

 

Phases:

phase0 - prototype common requirements

phase1 - tender preparation

phase2 - call tender for 2 prototypes

phase3 - validate prototypes

phase4 - training to use the prototypes

 

For GM 03 – participation is required of at least 3 relevant practitioner organizations, as well as of 3 potential “buyers” of systems (departments/agencies dealing with acquisition planning, or procurement), from 3 different EU or Associated countries. The funding rate is 70% of the eligible costs.

 

 

 

R&D Topics: 
CommunicationEfficient transfer of high volume of data, including video and images, from mobile (manned or unmanned) platforms to end users, and vice versa from operations centres to field assets Ergonomic and user-friendly wireless mobile communication tools Interconnection of secure communication networks of border guard authorities in neighbouring countries Detection, Identification, AuthenticationAccess control: authentication of documents, people and vehiclesDeception detection Detection of both large and small (fast) boats in maritime environment Detection of people attempting to enter illegallySmall and wide land area intruder detection Verification of document authenticity Information Acquisition and FusionIntelligence-based risk assessment, threat classification and vulnerability assessment models Trend analysis, pattern detection, cross-analysis of databases, optimisation analysisUtilisation of new sources of information for intelligence gathering and situational awareness (blogs, micro- blogs, forums, deep web, other social media) Information Sharing and InteroperabilityIntegrated visa/immigration facilities control systemsInteroperability for information exchange: protocols, schemes, ontologies, topologies, semantic translations and common definitions of contentTechniques to facilitate the exchange of information between non interoperable information systemsTechnology Impact, Acceptance, IntegrationData protection, Fundamental Rights and Social Impact related to the use of technologies at the borderHuman-system optimisationMethods for diffusing and integrating new technologyModelling and simulation capabilities for border control (virtual environments)