On April 19, 2023, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) National Contact Point Security Research (NKS Sicherheitsforschung) invited to the Information Day on Calls for Proposals 2023 in Bonn. Horizon Europe is the ninth research framework program of the European Union and the largest single funding program for research and innovation worldwide. The focus was on networking and connecting relevant stakeholders interested in submitting an application within Horizon Europe’s Cluster 3 – “Civil Security and Society”.  

The day started with a welcome and introduction to the event. This was followed by a short presentation of the calls for proposals 2023 by representatives of the BMBF and the NCP Security Research. Cluster 3 supports research in the policy areas: Combating Crime and Terrorism, Border Protection, Resilient Infrastructures, Cybersecurity, and Disaster Resilient Societies. Each area offers an individual number of funded projects, which must comply with individual requirements set by the “policy makers” of the European Union. These include, for example, a certain number of cooperation partners, non-European cooperation or gender equality in research and innovation. Another guest was the representative of the European Commission and DG Home, Martin Übelhör. He complemented the presentations with a short overview of the objectives, measures and advice of civil security research in the EU.

n extended lunch break enabled the participants to exchange ideas and network with each other. Afterwards, there was the opportunity to introduce the participating institutions and companies. Among them was RWTH AACHEN University, with an idea for gender differentiation in firefighters’ protective clothing. WeOther presentations were given by the Technischen Hilfswerk (THW), Disy Informationssysteme GmbH and the Deutsche Rettungsrobotik Zentrum (DRZ). The subsequent panel discussion provided insights into successful participation in Horizon Europe. The event ended with an insight into “Gender in civil security research: good examples”.

The BMBF and the NCP Security Research offer close cooperation and support in the application process for “Civil Security and Society” in Horizon Europe. You can find the contact details of the contact persons here.

If you are generally interested in the calls for proposals for “Civil Security and Society” in Horizon Europe, you will find information under the following link.

Further information on the research program Horizon Europe can be found here.