Under the current Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 the EU spends, as part of Horizon 2020, €1.7 billion on security research. This “Secure Societies challenge” covers a wide range of security topics such as cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, counter radicalisation, border management and external security policies.
Horizon 2020 is therefore the leading opportunity for industry to finance research activities. However, from an industrial perspective, there is still room for improvement to make this funding more effective: The security market remains very fragmented at user level, and security stakeholders do not always cooperate sufficiently; the programming of the security work programme lacks the flexibility to react rapidly to new emerging security needs; at the same time, it does not clearly address critical security technologies for which Europe wants to ensure long-term security of supply. Last but not least, R&T and procurement are desynchronized, due to the delay in the deployment of the programs in Member States.
ASD seeks to use the preparation of the next Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) as an opportunity to tackle these structural deficiencies. At the same time, coherence between security, space, dual-use and defence research needs to be ensured.
In this context, ASD:
- actively contributes to the assessment of the security research programme and gives strategic input for the future FP9;
- supports the creation of a new European Security Research Advisory Board (ESRAB);
- advocates for a strategic long-term agenda to develop essential sovereign capabilities;
- supports the market uptake of R&T findings through procurement decisions
- informs PASAG, IMG-S and PPPs on security priorities.
The working body in charge of these activities in ASD is the Security, Research & Technology Committee.