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Internal Security Fund – CYBER – 2021

The Internal Security Fund contributes to ensuring a high level of security in the Union, in particular by preventing and combating terrorism and radicalisation, serious and organised crime, and cybercrime, as well as assisting and protecting victims of crime.

2022-02-24
16 million euro
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Institution European Commission
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Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Worldwide

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Priorities and funded actions

Objectives

  • To support the EU actors in embarking on the actions implementing priorities identified under the EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse.

Priorities

  • Priority 1: Improving the prevention of child sexual abuse and assistance to victims. This includes actions contributing to the implementation of EU law, taking into account in particular the available assessments (Directive 2011/93/EU of 13 December 2011 on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography);
  • Priority 2: Developing the capacity of law enforcement and judicial authorities to effectively fight child sexual abuse. This includes, for instance, initiatives to improve the detection and reporting of child sexual abuse online.

Among financed actions

  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of prevention initiatives to reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse online and offline, and in particular on programmes for offenders and people who fear that they might offend;
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of initiatives aiming to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse receive appropriate and holistic support;
  • Within the further operational context of the proposal, developing research identifying gaps and needs in prevention and victim support. However, the proposal cannot exclusively focus on research, and it must clearly show the link between the proposed research activities and their application in practice;
  • Enhancing the capacity of law enforcement and/or judicial authorities to investigate and prosecute child sexual abuse and exploitation, for example through the development, testing and deployment of investigative and forensic tools, for instance to detect child sexual abuse material in a vast number of seized photos or videos, to locate victims or offenders, or to conduct investigations in the darknet or in peer to peer networks;
  • Developing technical tools for the purpose of enabling relevant online service providers to prevent (e.g. safety by design) or proactively detect and report child sexual abuse (known and new child sexual abuse material and grooming) in their encrypted electronic communications services;
  • Enhancing the cooperation between private entities and law enforcement and/or judicial authorities, for the purpose of detecting, reporting, investigating and preventing child sexual abuse online.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 24 months.

Eligibility 

  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • A consortium composed of at least three entities, established in at least three eligible countries must be constituted;
  • The following entities can NOT apply as coordinator:
    • profit making entities established in an EU Member State;
    • entities (including international organisations) established in non-EU countries.
Financement
  • Total amount of the call: 16 million euro
  • Total amount for this topic: 16 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 500 000 and 4 million euro
  • Co-funding rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs

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