HORIZON-CL3-2024, Civil Security for Society: Upcoming Calls

HORIZON-CL3-2024, Civil Security for Society: Upcoming Calls

HORIZON-CL3-2024, “Civil Security for Society”, focuses on addressing the persistent security threats to both the European Union (EU) and its citizens, including cybercrime, natural disasters, and man-made disasters.

This sub-programme aims to enhance societal resilience to disasters, strengthen protection and security, and improve cybersecurity across Europe. Key intervention areas include: creating disaster-resilient societies, protection and security, effective management of the EU’s external borders, and cybersecurity.

Through these efforts, it is expected to develop new technologies and solutions that meet the needs of end users, such as national authorities, and involve relevant researchers and industries. Additionally, the programme emphasises the importance of respecting fundamental rights, such as privacy and data protection, engaging citizens and communities to assess the social impact of security technologies and foster public trust.

The programme also seeks synergies with other EU funds and initiatives, including international cooperation, to address global challenges and create sustainable growth and jobs, promoting a safe, open, and democratic Europe.

Main activities within HORIZON-CL3-2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT: Better protect the EU and its citizens against Crime and Terrorism

Improve the EU’s capacity to prevent and respond to crimes and terrorism by developing advanced technologies for law enforcement authorities, ensuring the protection of fundamental rights, and addressing human, social, and technological aspects related to these threats.

HORIZON-CL3-2024-BM: Effective management of EU external borders

Facilitate the legitimate passage of people and goods into the EU while preventing illicit activities such as trafficking and terrorism by improving border management and maritime security, integrating social factors for more efficient and secure control.

HORIZON-CL3-2024-INFRA: Resilient Infrastructure

Strengthen the resilience and autonomy of critical physical and digital infrastructures in Europe, ensuring vital functions through prevention, preparation, and response to threats, with a better understanding of the human, social, and technological aspects involved.

HORIZON-CL3-2024-CS: Enhanced Cybersecurity

Increase cybersecurity and create a safer digital environment through the effective development and use of digital technologies for data and network protection, contributing to the EU’s technological sovereignty and resilience against cyberattacks and hybrid threats.

HORIZON-CL3-2024-DRS: Disaster-Resilient Society for Europe

Reduce losses from natural, accidental, and man-made disasters by improving disaster risk reduction, preparedness, and social resilience, and managing disaster risk in a systematic manner.

HORIZON-CL3-2024-SSRI: Strengthened Security Research and Innovation

Foster security innovation by generating cross-cutting knowledge, supporting strategies for commercialising and deploying successful security research technologies, strengthening the competitiveness of the EU security industry and supply security in key areas.

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT-01-01 | Mitigating new threats and adapting investigation strategies in the era of Internet of Things

Deadline: 20/11/2024

Summary

Projects should enhance law enforcement authorities’ understanding of emerging threats in the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. Modern tools will be provided to tackle new forms of crime related to IoT, ensuring legal access and exploitation of evidence. Best practices will be strengthened, and training materials developed. Proposals should address the legal, organisational, and technical implications of IoT in investigations and build on previous EU projects to avoid duplication and maximise impact.

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT-01-02 | Open Topic

Deadline: 20/11/2024

Budget: 9.000.000 €

Summary

This call supports initiatives aimed at enhancing European forensic capabilities, evidence collection, and cross-border exchanges. Innovative and harmonised tools and procedures for forensic applications will be provided, complying with personal data protection legislation. Additionally, modern and innovative training programmes for forensic professionals and law enforcement authorities will be developed. Proposals should plan for the demonstration and validation of the developed tools and consider previous research to avoid duplication, promoting future adoption and scaling of the solutions at national and European levels.

Budget: 3.700.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT-01-03 | Lawful evidence collection in online child sexual abuse investigations, including undercover

Summary

The initiatives should improve judicial outcomes by better understanding the legal aspects of online investigations in the EU, especially in cases of child sexual abuse. Modern and robust methods for the investigative process will be developed, ensuring the admissibility of evidence in court and respecting victims’ rights. Forensic professionals and law enforcement authorities will benefit from guidelines, manuals, and innovative training programmes. Proposals should address legislative frameworks and share results with all European law enforcement authorities, ensuring compliance with ethics and fundamental rights.

Budget: 3.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT-01-04 | Radicalisation and gender

Summary

The projects should improve understanding of the motivation of women and men to support extremist ideologies, including group dynamics in radicalisation processes. Strategies for detection, prevention, and deradicalisation will be developed, benefiting law enforcement, prison authorities, social workers, and educators with modern tools and training programmes. Additionally, approaches to empower women and girls by addressing the root causes of radicalisation will be designed. The research should be gender-sensitive and build on previous projects and synergies with relevant EU initiatives.

Budget: 3.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT-01-05 | Combating hate speech online and offline

Summary

Project outcomes should provide law enforcement authorities and other security professionals with modern and validated tools, methods, and training programmes to address activities related to hate speech that are considered a crime or can lead to a crime. The aim is to develop common European approaches for risk analysis, data collection, and judicial evidence gathering, and identify and deploy security measures related to hate-motivated crimes and speech. Additionally, educational and training materials on the cultural and social impacts of hate speech and hate crimes should be prepared to improve citizens’ perception of security.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT-01-06 | Open Topic

Summary

Proposed initiatives should strengthen law enforcement authorities’ capacities to identify, prevent, and investigate contemporary and emerging criminal activities. Tools, methods, and manuals will be developed to improve the effectiveness of crime detection and evidence collection. Training programmes for law enforcement authorities, prosecutors, and judicial actors will also be created, raising awareness of the cultural and social impact of crime. Proposals should address both technological and social dimensions of the problem and plan for the validation and scaling of the developed solutions.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT-01-07 | CBRN-E detection capacities in small architecture

Summary

Projects should improve vulnerability assessments by law enforcement and local managers through the detection of CBRN-E threats in public spaces and transport, providing greater situational awareness. Planning and training capacities of law enforcement authorities in collaboration with public and private actors should be improved. Additionally, recommendations for enhancing security in the design of public spaces and mass transport systems will be offered, and modelling capabilities and support for resource and activity planning will be enhanced.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-FCT-01-08 | Tracing of cryptocurrencies transactions related to criminal purposes

Summary

Proposals should limit the use of cryptocurrencies by criminals and terrorists, improving the traceability of transactions. Legal tools will be developed to better track cryptocurrencies related to criminal activities. Recommendations for better regulation of the cryptocurrency market and transnational information exchange on fund transfers will be provided. Additionally, modern training programmes for law enforcement authorities, prosecutors, and judicial actors on tracing and handling cryptocurrencies during investigations will be created.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-BM-01-01 | Open Topic

Summary

The proposed ideas must address new challenges or disruptive solutions for the effective management of the EU’s external borders not covered by other Horizon Europe calls. Proposals should explain how they will plan and conduct the demonstration, testing, or validation of the developed tools, as well as outline plans for future research and development at national and European levels. Previous research should be considered to avoid duplication and achieve TRL 4-6 by the end of the project.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-BM-01-02 | Interoperability for border and maritime surveillance and situational awareness

Summary

Projects should enhance border surveillance capabilities, making them more efficient and cost-effective, while protecting data and fundamental rights. Border and maritime infrastructure surveillance and situational awareness, including key areas like the Arctic, will be improved. Collaboration between multiple levels, authorities, and borders will be promoted through better interoperability of detection, analysis, and C2 systems. Proposed solutions should enable the integration of sensors and data from different providers into a single user interface and consider cybersecurity and energy efficiency measures.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-BM-01-03 | Advanced user-friendly, compatible, secure identity and travel document management

Summary

Projects should improve the validation of digitised identity and travel documents, ensure compatibility between verification tools, and protect personal data. Capabilities to better integrate these systems with the EU’s digital identity architectures should be developed, strengthening the Schengen area and its external borders’ security. Solutions should be compatible with the EU’s digitised travel document formats and respect fundamental rights, applying privacy and data protection techniques. Additionally, an automated decision support system for operators should be included.

Budget: 5.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-BM-01-04 | Integrated risk-based border control that mitigates public security risk, reduces false positives and strengthens privacy

Summary

Proposed initiatives should improve coordinated border control systems between border, customs, and security checks, optimising resource allocation and minimising waiting times and false positives. Solutions should enable flexible resource allocation to respond to changing needs, such as seasonal peaks. Security at the Schengen area’s external borders must be ensured, maintaining free movement. Proposals should integrate ethical and legal assessments, minimise the use of personal data, and be compatible with current and future systems, considering energy efficiency and sustainability.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-BM-01-05 | Detection and tracking of illegal and trafficked goods

Summary

Projects should contribute to developing fully automated customs checkpoints and improving detection capabilities for customs security, facilitating trade. The aim is to advance the detection, tracking, and risk-based anticipation of goods and threats using reliable algorithms, image recognition, and goods traceability. Proposals should minimise false positives, integrate non-invasive technologies, and ensure energy efficiency. Results should be adopted by EU customs authorities, supported by the Customs Control Equipment Instrument, and foster collaboration with law enforcement authorities.

Budget: 5.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-INFRA-01-01 | Open Topic

Summary

Projects should enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure operators against natural and human-made threats and hazards. Monitoring, risk assessment, forecasting, mitigation, and modelling techniques will be improved, validating multi-risk scenarios and creating interactive hazard maps supported by terrestrial observation and other data sources. Proposals should plan and conduct the demonstration, testing, or validation of the developed tools and outline plans for future adoption and scaling at local, national, and EU levels, building on previous research and avoiding duplication.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-INFRA-01-02 | Resilient and secure urban planning and new tools for EU territorial entities

Summary

Projects should assess the resilience of urban and peri-urban environments, identify weaknesses, and recommend changes in organisational processes. New tools and cost-effective security improvements for urban infrastructure will be created, considering the limited budgets of local authorities. The efficiency of security forces and emergency services will be improved, promoting best practices and reliable decision-support tools across the EU. Solutions should include real-world testing and facilitate their adoption and scaling in different contexts, integrating cybersecurity and data management aspects with “Security by Design” approaches.

Budget: 5.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-INFRA-01-03 | Advanced real-time data analysis used for infrastructure resilience

Summary

Projects should improve the capacity to identify risks and defective events in infrastructures and smart cities through real-time analysis. Tools and processes will be developed to facilitate continuous risk identification, analysis, and monitoring, enhancing the ability to adapt to unexpected events. Solutions should enable the rapid identification and tracking of hazardous agents, improve collaboration between detection and response systems, and increase the cyber-resilience of industrial networks. Real-time mapping of risk factors using terrestrial observation and geolocation data should also be facilitated, integrating privacy and security considerations.

Budget: 37.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-CS-01-01 | Approaches and tools for security in software and hardware development and hardware development and assessment

Summary

Projects should enhance hardware and software security engineering and the design of resilient systems. The aim is to improve access to secure and closed testing environments and promote the systematic and automated study of vulnerabilities. Proposals should develop reliable and certifiable hardware and software, as well as AI-based security services, such as advanced anomaly and intrusion detection. Integrating security engineering into software and hardware development, ensuring compliance with EU security requirements, and facilitating continuous security assessments and regulatory compliance are crucial.

Budget: 23.400.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-CS-01-02 | Post-quantum cryptography transition

Summary

Projects should increase the maturity of current post-quantum cryptographic algorithms and contribute to their standardisation. User-friendly tools for large-scale implementation of these algorithms will be developed, facilitating a secure and efficient transition from pre-quantum to post-quantum encryption through hybrid approaches. Demonstrators and best practices will be implemented on various hardware and software platforms, offering application-oriented recommendations for the widespread implementation of post-quantum cryptography in the EU. Preparing for this transition is crucial to ensure cybersecurity and privacy against future quantum computer attacks.

Budget: 8.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-DRS-01-01 | Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of chemical, biological and radiological threats to agricultural production, feed and food processing, distribution and consumption  

Summary

Projects should enhance the EU’s capacity to assess risks, detect, alert, mitigate, and respond to intentional and accidental contamination of food and feed by chemical, biological, and radiological agents throughout the entire food chain. Tools and plans for preparedness, mitigation, and response for national authorities and the private sector will be developed. Projects should increase understanding of food terrorism threats and food chain vulnerabilities, promoting awareness among businesses and authorities about these dangers.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-DRS-01-02 | Open Topic 

Summary

Projects should improve interaction between the scientific community, research institutions, first and second responders, urban risk managers, and citizens for better disaster cycle management coordination. The aim is to foster the rapid transfer of scientific results to practice. Proposals may address citizens’ situational awareness of disaster risks, near-real exercises with volunteers, municipal authorities, and responders, and advisory dissemination materials, highlighting good interaction practices during disasters. Demonstration, testing, or validation plans of developed tools should be included, as well as plans for future adoption and scaling at national and EU levels.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-DRS-01-03 | Harmonised / Standard protocols for the implementation of alert and impact forecasting systems as well as transnational emergency management in the areas of high-impact weather / climatic and geological disasters 

Summary

Projects should improve links between the scientific community and first and second responders, promoting user-driven research and the rapid transfer of scientific results to best practices. New technologies, such as advanced Earth observation capabilities, should be adopted for disaster prevention and management. Knowledge transfer methods on risks and the creation of common technical standards for alert and impact forecasting systems will be improved. Additionally, needs and opportunities for transferring advanced scientific results to logistics and disaster response will be identified, including customised education and training programmes for emergency management teams.

Budget: 4.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-DRS-01-04 | Hi-tech capacities for crisis response and recovery after a natural-technological (NaTech) disaster 

Summary

Projects should develop a holistic vision of crisis management after extreme teluro-climatic events affecting critical assets, creating a new framework for managing NaTech crises. Crisis management tools will be improved to develop a common platform that enables cross-border exchanges and decision-making. Operational protocols should be demonstrated, and standard procedures capable of responding to NaTech crises in cross-border settings should be developed, considering worst-case scenario risks and the future impacts of climate change. Additionally, understanding and capacity to identify and mitigate risks associated with interdependencies between infrastructures and human systems will be improved.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-DRS-01-05 | Cost-effective sustainable technologies and crisis management strategies for RN large-scale protection of population and infrastructures after a nuclear blast or nuclear facility incident 

Summary

Projects should improve understanding of the impact of radioactive fallout and methodology for rapid and robust dose rate monitoring and specific radionuclide determination to facilitate safe evacuation after a nuclear or radiological event. Improved tools and methods for risk assessment and optimised actions based on risk analysis will be developed. Relevant protection measures, including medical countermeasures, should be identified, and population and infrastructure protection will be improved through better sensor data analysis. Understanding of contamination and decontamination of population and infrastructures should also be improved, developing rapid procedures for individual decontamination. Recommendations for integrating improved technologies and evaluation methodologies into RN crisis management systems will be provided. International cooperation and contributions from SSH disciplines are essential to achieve these outcomes.

Budget: 10.500.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-SSRI-01-01 | Cost-effective sustainable technologies and crisis management strategies for RN large-scale protection of population and infrastructures after a nuclear blast or nuclear facility incident 

Summary

Projects should improve the EU’s capacity to assess, detect, alert, mitigate, and respond to intentional and accidental contamination of food and feed throughout the entire food chain. Understanding of food terrorism threats and food chain vulnerabilities should be increased, raising awareness about CBR threats among businesses and authorities, and developing preparedness, mitigation, and response plans. International cooperation and a multisectoral approach are essential to protect this critical infrastructure and improve resilience to sudden shocks, ensuring that new technologies and evaluation methodologies are integrated into RN crisis management systems.

Budget: 6.000.000 €

Deadline: 20/11/2024

HORIZON-CL3-2024-SSRI-01-02 | Accelerating uptake through open proposals for advanced SME innovation 

Summary

Projects should develop mature technological solutions that address the EU’s security priorities, facilitating market access for innovative small enterprises in civil security. The aim is to enhance cooperation between public buyers and small market actors for rapid adoption of innovations, and strengthen partnerships between the security industry and EU technological actors to reduce dependency on non-European suppliers. Proposals should focus on collaborating with SMEs from different member countries, involving end-users in validation, and fostering collaboration schemes between small enterprises and research and technology organisations.