Horizon Europe: Civil Security for Society

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Om Horizon Europe: Civil Security for Society

The purpose of the Horizon Europe: Civil security for society is to support the implementation of EU policy priorities relating to security, including cybersecurity, and disaster risk reduction and resilience. In addition, it will build on lessons learnt from the COVID-19 crisis in terms of prevention, mitigation, preparedness and capacity building for crises (including health crises) and in improving cross-sectoral aspects of such crises.

Possibilities within Horizon Europe: Civil security for society

Horizon Europe: Civil security for society has defined six specific destinations or impact areas that projects should target:

Destination – Better protect the EU and its citizens against Crime and Terrorism

 Aimed at fighting crime and terrorism more effectively, particularly through better prevention of crime and enhanced investigation capabilities concerning both traditional crime and cybercrime, as well as better protection of citizens from violent attacks in public spaces.

Destination – Effective management of EU external borders

Aimed at ensuring strong European land, air and sea external borders by developing strong capabilities for systematic checks at external borders respecting rights. Better defense against identity and document frauds.

Destination – Resilient infrastructure

Should contribute to: Ensured resilience of large-scale interconnected systems infrastructures in case of complex attacks, pandemics or natural and man-made disasters.

Destination – Increased Cybersecurity

Are aimed at strengthening EU cybersecurity capacities and European Union sovereignty in digital technologies building more resilient digital infrastructures, systems and processes with increased software, hardware and supply chain security.

Destination - A Disaster-Resilient Society for Europe

Aimed at achieving an enhanced understanding and improved knowledge and situational awareness of disaster- related risks by citizens, empowered to act, thus raising the resilience of European society and a more efficient cross-sectoral, cross-disciplines, cross-border coordination of the disaster risk management cycle.

Destination – SSRI (Strengthened Security Research and Innovation)

Is a cross-cutting R&I action that will support all of the above expected impacts while achieving a more effective and efficient evidence-based development of EU civil security capabilities.

Kommande deadlines

Nedan står kommande deadlines för Horizon Europe: Civil Security for Society. Förvänta er att processen att skriva förslaget tar 1-2 månade.


This call supports the development of AI-based methods and tools in order to improve systems robustness, improve systems resilience, improve systems capacity to respond autonomously to attacks by identifying vulnerabilities in other machines and operate strategically by deciding which vulnerability to attack and at which point, and by deceiving attackers and to counter the ways AI can be used for attacking. Projects are expected to contribute to some of the following expected outcomes:

  • Reinforced cybersecurity using AI technological components and tools in line with relevant EU policy, legal and ethical requirements.
  • Increased knowledge about how an attacker might use AI technology in order to attack IT systems.
  • Digital processes, products and systems resilient against AI-powered cyberattacks

This call has a budget of EUR 11 million and expect to contribute EUR 3-4 million per project.

Call ID: HORIZON-CL3-2021-CS-01-03


This call supports projects that develop digital tools and training materials that enable the assessment of the origin, veracity and trustworthiness of digital content by identifying altered or fake generated information to combat illegal activities associated with disinformation and fake news and to raise trust in the digital world. Project results are expected to contribute to some or all of the following outcomes:

  • Public (police) authorities, other relevant practitioners and (social) media organizations are provided with better, modern and validated tools and training materials to tackle those activities related to disinformation and fake news that are considered as crime or could lead to a crime.
  • Common approaches are made available to policy-makers and security practitioners for analysing risks/threats, and identifying and deploying relevant security measures related to disinformation and fake news, which take into account legal and ethical rules of operation, cost-benefit considerations, as well as fundamental rights such as privacy and protection of personal data.
  • Improved understanding of the cultural and societal aspects of disinformation and fake news, as well as on the key challenges related to combating it.
  • Strengthened key personnel's knowledge regarding disinformation campaigns.
  • Enhanced perception of security thanks to an increased awareness of the citizens about the value of verified and trustworthy data sources and their content, obtained through education and training materials on trustable sources of information.

This fund has a budget of EUR 16 million and expects a maximum contribution of approximately EUR 4 mio. per project

Call ID: HORIZON-CL3-2021-FCT-01-03


Research is needed to develop new technological means of detecting deepfakes in support of the work of Police Authorities, as it may only be a matter of time before deepfakes are used more often in online identity theft cases. Additionally, deepfakes can have serious implications for Police Authorities, since it might complicate investigations and raise questions about the authenticity of evidence collected. Projects’ results are expected to contribute to some or all of the following outcomes:

  • European Police Authorities are provided with modern, innovative and validated tools and training curricula, which take into account legal and ethical rules of operation as well as fundamental rights such as privacy and protection of personal data to prevent, detect and investigate online identity theft, and lawfully collect crime evidence across borders for its use in court proceedings.
  • Strengthened ability of security practitioners to identify (new forms of) online identity theft at an early stage thanks to improved knowledge on the modus operandi and new trends in identity theft, including but not limited to deepfakes, and innovative solutions for Police Authorities to tackle them in lawful manner;
  • Improved understanding on the societal aspects and impacts of identity theft, as well as on the key challenges related to it;
  • Enhanced perception by the citizens that Europe is an area of freedom, justice and security thanks to innovative awareness-raising campaigns explaining to citizens the key and evolving mechanisms of identity theft and how to protect against them;
  • Improved shaping and implementation of regulation related to the fight against identity theft by security policy-makers.

This call has a budget of EUR 6 million and can support projects with up to EUR 3 million.

Call ID: HORIZON-CL3-2021-FCT-01-12

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