Societal Challenge 7: Secure societies

This part of Horizon 2020 follows the objectives and goals of the Europe 2020 strategy, and will help implement European policy goals on industrial security policy, internal security, and cyber security. 

Citizens, society and the economy and its various assets such as infrastructures can be prone to intentional or accidental disruption. This can have high economic and societal costs. Therefore, the primary goal of this Work Programme is to make the European society more resilient against natural or man-made disasters.

ICT plays an ever increasing role in the European economy. Therefore, an important guiding principle of this Work Programme is the protection of civil liberties and privacy and personal data in the digital world.  

Protecting citizens and the economy from natural and man-made disasters

The 2014-2015 Work Programme under this Societal Challenge includes calls and topics in the following domains:

  • Crisis management (extreme weather and climate events, CBRN contamination, crisis management, large-scale pandemics, civil protection, standardisation
  • Disaster resilience & Climate change (science and innovation for adaptation to climate change, natural hazards, mitigation of climate change impacts)
  • Critical Infrastructure protection (smart grid protection, building and infrastructure standards, resilience assessment)
  • Communication technologies and interoperability (broadband radio communication, emergercy services)
  • Ethical/Societal Dimension 
  • Fight against crime and Terrorism (Forensics, Law enforcement capabilities, Urban security, Ethical/societal dimension)
  • Border security and external security (maritime border security, border crossing points, supply chain security, external security, ethical/societal dimension)
  • Digital Security: Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust

The 2014-2015 Work programme also includes a SME instrument and a Fast track to innovation call, as well as Other actions. 

The budget for this period is about EUR 387 million.