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Call on Digital Security

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The Call for Proposals “H2020-DS-2014-1” (Digital Security: Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust) - Sub call of: H2020-DS-2014-2015 - Horizon 2020 - Main Pillar: Societal Challenges - Topic: Access Control - DS-02-2014 - has been published by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation.

The purpose of the current “H2020-DS-2014-1” call is to deliver secure, but user-friendly, access to ICT systems, services and infrastructures, resulting in a consumerisation of devices for access control. The level of security of online services and critical infrastructures protected by these access systems should be demonstratably higher than by the state-of-the-art approach. The proposed solutions are expected to support the creation of commercial services making use of electronic identification and authentication.


The scope of the proposed work programme shall cover the development and testing of usable, economic and privacy preserving access control platforms based on the use of biometrics, smart cards, or other devices. The solutions are to be installed and tested in a broad-band network, giving access to smart services running over networks with state-of-the-art security, avoiding single points of failure. Proposed work should include the management of the access rights in particular for the service providers, ensure the security and privacy of the databases, facilitate a timely breach notification and remediation to the user, and reduce the insider threat. The proposed solutions have to guarantee interoperability and portability between systems and services, sparing the user to have to install a platform, service or country specific technology. Proposed work could assist the objective of implementing a secure information sharing network.


Under the current “H2020-DS-2014-1” call for proposals, the following proposals are eligible:

  • proposals submitted in the electronic submission system before the deadline given in the call conditions,
  • proposals which are readable, accessible and printable,
  • proposals which are complete. Incomplete proposals may be considered inadmissible. This includes the requested administrative data, the proposal description, and any supporting documents specified in the call. The supporting documents specified in the call will be required to determine the operational capacity, unless otherwise specified,
  • proposals which include a draft plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results, unless otherwise specified in the call conditions. The draft plan is not required for proposals at the first stage of two-stage procedures,
  • proposals which do not exceed page limits. The limits will be clearly set out in the electronic submission system. If a submitted proposal exceeds the limits, the applicant will receive an automatic warning, and will be advised to re-submit a version that conforms. After the relevant call deadline, excess pages in any over-long proposals will be automatically overprinted with a “watermark”. Expert evaluators will be instructed to disregard these excess pages,
  • proposals whose content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic description against which it is submitted, in the relevant work programme part,
  • proposals which comply with the eligibility conditions set out, depending on the type of action. To see the complete table of eligibility conditions, please visit the European Commission’s web site at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/annexes/h2020-wp1415-annex-c-elig_en.pdf.


Only applications from legal entities established in the following countries and territories will be eligible to receive funding through Horizon 2020 in the framework of the current “H2020-DS-2014-1” call for proposals:


The total budget for the current call for proposals is €47,040,000.


The deadline for submitting proposals in the framework of the current “H2020-DS-2014-1” call for proposals is 28 August 2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time).


Further information on the current call for proposals is available on the European Commission’s web site at:




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