Current EU calls in Cybersecurity

The ICT Proposers’ Day took place last week in Helsinki. This event aims to inform about upcoming calls for research funding within the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework program for ICT. It is as well an opportunity for industry and researchers to meet in order to build a consortium. The program was quite overwhelming with many parallel tracks. Fortunately, we had several people there and had a plan to catch up on everything what was related to cybersecurity.

There are four current calls with a particular focus on cyber security. All of them have a deadline of August, the 27th 2020:

  • SU-DS02-2020: Intelligent Security and Privacy management
  • SU-DS03-2019-2020: Digital Security and Privacy for Citizens and Small and Medium Enterprises and Micro Enterprises
  • SU-DS04-2018-2020: Cybersecurity in the Electrical Power and Energy System (EPES): an armour against cyber and privacy attacks and data breaches
  • SU-INFRA01-2018-2019-2020: Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of combined physical and cyber threats to critical infrastructure in Europe

The European Commission’s presentation of the calls can be downloaded here: [pdf]

In addition to these four calls, there is another one whose deadline is on November, the 19th 2019: SU-ICT-02-2020 Building blocks for resilience in evolving ICT systems. If you plan on writing an application for it, there is very little time left, but there may still be opportunities to join a consortium in the last minutes if anyone needs extra participants. At SINTEF Infosec, we coordinate an application for this call and have brought mnemonic with us as a Norwegian industrial partner.

As part of the event, companies and research institutions interested in joining a consortium, or looking for partners for their consortium, could provide three-minutes lightning talks about themselves. You can find the quick figures of all those who were interested in cyber security here.

In addition to the announcements specifically focused on cyber security, it may be a good idea to look at the calls where digital security can be an important component of another major theme. Here are some of these calls that we have identified:

  • SU-AI02-2020: Secure and resilient Artificial Intelligence technologies, tools and solutions in support of Law Enforcement and citizen protection, cybersecurity operations and prevention and protection against adversarial Artificial Intelligence
  • ICT-56-2020: Next Generation Internet of Things
  • ICT-50-2020: Software Technologies
  • ICT-54-2020: Blockchain for the Next Generation Internet

See here for a list of all ICT-related calls within H2020.

NB: This post is by no means an exhaustive list! It may also be worth looking at calls from other work programs outside of ICT, such as Health or Space.