Since 2007, European security research has been a funding priority in its own right in the European Union’s framework programmes. The BMBF provides active support to German actors seeking to participate in the European security research programme.
The new framework programme for research and innovation, “Horizon 2020”, has been running since January 2014. The “Security” area of the 7th research framework programme is being continued under “Horizon 2020” as part of the “Secure societies” challenge. Between 2014 and 2020, the European Union will be providing a total of 1.7 billion euros of funding for European security research.
The European security research programme aims to develop new solutions with which to deliver increased protection for European society and its citizens against threats such as terrorism, organised crime, natural disasters and industrial accidents, whilst also making the European security industry more competitive. The implementation of the planned activities is always to be guided by the principles of respect for privacy and protection of civil rights.
Civil security research was made a funding priority in its own right for the first time in the EU’s 7th research framework programme. Between 2007 and 2013, the EU provided a total of 1.4 billion euros for research funding in the field of security.