Security Research and Innovation

Security and the economy are top concerns for Europeans. The security research funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 brings both improved security and better industrial performance. Focused research enhances security by developing technologies and tools that meet the real needs of those on the front line of dealing with threats such as terrorism, cybercrime, weapons and human trafficking, as well as natural disasters. Security research is helping European industry stand its ground against strong competition from the United States and Asia. More, however, needs to be done in this area and the European Commission is working to promote better take-up by industry of research results.


Frontex invites to workshop the European Industry and Academia which lead (or are about to start/are in the incubation phase of ideas on) research and development projects aimed at developing new products, technologies, solutions for border security and using financial sources other than EU financing.


The project proposes to bring the European ongoing and new border security research projects to the attention of the relevant stakeholders, in order to put the real needs under the light of research, thus ensuring that the projects’ results will best serve the requirements of border security.
The project proposes also to contribute to the capacity building process bringing to the attention of the Border Guard Authorities new and innovative approaches (e.g. Pre-Commercial Procurement instrument) designed to acquire research and development services and related results, with the purpose of steering the development of new innovations towards their needs.   

Frontex is organizing in November/December 2013 a theme-centric Technology Showroom for border-security technology providers and innovators (Small and Medium Enterprises are especially encouraged).

Final Call for Papers: Workshop on Innovation in Border Control 2013

The Workshop on Innovation in Border Control 2013 (WIBC 2013), co-organized by Frontex Research and Development Unit, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS) of the University of Arizona, is soliciting both research and “industrial practice and experience” papers in the domain of border control (including surveillance).