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Sectors: Justice - Security

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Corporations, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, SMEs

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Member States of the European Union with the exception of Denmark

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Responsible: European Commission

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ISFP – Call for proposals on protection – 2020
Funds for: funding projects on the protection of public spaces. Project applications submitted under the present call for proposals must improve the protection of public spaces in line with the EU Action Plan to support the protection of public spaces

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* Enhance the protection of places of worship;
* Develop and implement the good practices listed in the above mentioned Commission Staff Working Document “Good practices to support the protection of public spaces” in the areas of vulnerability assessments and planning, awareness and training, physical protection and coordination and cooperation between public and private stakeholders;
* Strengthen the detection of threats by detection dogs in public areas

Priorities
* Enhance the protection of places of worship:
– Establishing or stepping up cooperation between public authorities and faith- based leaders and congregations, including establishing clear communication channels and providing information about, and a better understanding of, security threats (including terrorist threats and hate crimes);
– Designing and implementing security awareness raising campaigns specifically targeting places of worship, preferably on an EU-wide basis, to make citizens more aware of threats, encourage them to report suspicious behaviour and promote an appropriate response to threats (e.g. RUN-HIDE-TELL or similar models);
– Sharing of knowledge, tools and good practices on protective measures across different Member States: either among organisations of the same faith, or preferably between and involving different faiths;
– Development and implementation of security concepts, measures, programs and communication plans;
– Development and implementation of trainings

* Develop and implement the good practices listed in the above mentioned Commission Staff Working Document “Good practices to support the protection of public spaces” in the areas of vulnerability assessments and planning, awareness and training, physical protection and coordination and cooperation between public and private stakeholders:
– Better use of technology: overview, testing, introduction and rolling out of appropriate new technologies in public spaces to improve public security while guaranteeing respect of fundamental rights and without undermining the accessibility of public spaces, integration of technology in a broader security concept;
– Development, implementation and roll-out of new security solutions, sharing of best practices and awareness raising activities to enhance protection of public spaces;
– Developing concepts and providing concrete actions as regards “security by design” for the use in different public areas and for different sectors;
– Enhancing public-private cooperation and coordination through joint exercises, and training programmes, tools for communication, exchanges of information and best practices;
– Developing concepts to increase the protection against insider threats and against new threats, incl. chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats

* Strengthen the detection of threats by detection dogs in public areas
– Develop, implement and roll-out, in compliance with existing EU detection standards and EU guidance for detection dogs deployment methodology3, certification procedures for different operational areas where detection dogs are used in public areas (e.g. aviation, rail and maritime transportation, sport and cultural venues, buildings and commerce centres);
– Establish certification capacity(ies) with facilities simulating public areas (stadia, transport hubs, etc.) where certification activities can be offered to dog teams (private and public entities using dogs) and Member States authorities for detecting chemical and explosive threats;
– Establish an EU catalogue of training curricula, taking into account work already done and a pool of trained experts with knowledge of the EU certification requirements for detection of threats in public areas by dogs;
– Establish certification capacity available to public and private detection dog teams that can certify/approve on behalf of Member State authorities responsible for the use of detection dogs in public areas and events;
– Project proposals under this priority should ensure that the certification capacity can be offered to private/public operators

Amongst financed actions
* The activities promoting networking, public-private partnerships, mutual confidence, understanding and learning, identification and dissemination of best practices and innovative approaches at Union level, training and exchange programmes;
* The acquisition, maintenance and/or further upgrading of technical equipment, expertise, securing facilities, infrastructures, related buildings and systems;
* The activities enhancing security awareness as well as awareness of Union policies on priorities listed under point 2 among stakeholders and the general public;
* The development of new methods and/or deployment of new technologies with a potential for transferability to other Member States, especially projects aiming at testing and validating the outcome of Union funded security research projects

Additional information
* This call for propoals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: up to 24 months 

* Eligibility:
– The following entities can apply as lead applicants or co-applicants:
> Public bodies;
> Non-profit-making private entities;
> Profit making entities
– The following entities can only apply as co-applicants: international organisations;
– The following are not eligible, neither as applicants nor as co-applicants:
> Union Agencies;
> Natural persons
– With the exception of international organisations, applicants and co-applicants must be established in the following countries to be eligible: the Member States of the European Union with the exception of Denmark (“Member States participating in the ISF Police instrument”);
– Applications must be transnational, i.e. involve at least two eligible entities established in two different Member States participating in the ISF Police instrument