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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (13/12/2017)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS:

S4D4C: Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges
While the EU’s foreign policy landscape is now better set up to develop and exploit science diplomacy, the scientific and diplomatic communities often do not communicate with each other. Organising science diplomacy in a multi-level governance system is a challenge, as is dealing with interdependency. There is also no clear model for recruiting and employing science diplomats.

The goal of the S4D4C project is to support current and future EU science diplomacy for the benefit of the Union’s strategic capacities, foreign policy goals and the development of solutions for societal challenges.

In order to achieve this, S4D4C brings together scholars of foreign and science policy, advisors, science diplomacy professionals and diplomatic training institutions. We analyse cases of EU science diplomacy that relate to foreign policy goals, relevant EU-level instruments and important scientific developments. Employing a co-creation approach with stakeholders, we craft a governance framework for science diplomacy. It contains recommendations and models for science diplomacy interfaces, processes and knowledge resources. Furthermore, we develop training modules for current and future science diplomats.

Start date: 2018-01-01
End date: 2020-12-31
Total cost: EUR 2 511 450
EU Contribution: EUR 2 499 950
Project Coordinator: ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH, Austria

AIOSAT: Autonomous Indoor Outdoor Safety Tracking system
Every year, Europe experiences between 2-2.5 million fires, with between 20-25 thousand deaths and between 250-500 thousand reported injuries. Even though satellite-based positioning technology allows rescue workers to already operate efficiently, GPS availability, reliability, and accuracy are often poor during fire operations due to thick smoke, dense forests, rough terrain and inside buildings.

AIOSAT will define a concept to overcome the aforementioned limitations of GNSS usage in rescue interventions.

Start date: 2017-12-01
End date: 2020-05-31
Total cost: EUR 2 032 650
EU Contribution: EUR 1 764 262,50
Project Coordinator: CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS E INVESTIGACIONES TECNICAS, Spain

RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond
RESPOND will carry out a comprehensive study of migration governance in the wake of the 2015 Refugee Crisis. The project will probe policy-making processes and policy (in)coherence through comparative research in source, transit and destination countries.

It will focus on: (1) Border management and security, (2) International refugee protection, (3) Reception policies, (4) Integration policies, and (5) Conflicting Europeanization and externalization.

Start date: 2017-12-01
End date: 2020-11-30
Total cost: EUR 3 310 405
EU Contribution: EUR 3 310 405
Project Coordinator: UPPSALA UNIVERSITET, Sweden

EU-LISTCO: Europe’s External Action and the Dual Challenges of Limited Statehood and Contested Orders
Two risks characterise the EU’s regional and global security environments: 1) areas of limited statehood toward the east and south, in which central government authorities are too weak to enforce rules and/or do not control the monopoly over the means of violence; and 2) contested orders where various actors challenge the rules according to which societies and political systems are and should be organized.

EU-LISTCO will investigate how the preparedness of the EU and its member states can be strengthened to anticipate, prevent, and respond to threats of governance breakdown and violent conflict and to foster resilience in weak regions. In particular, we will examine the strategies, capacities, and policy instruments of EU institutions and selected member states, with a focus on the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty and the implementation of the EU Global Strategy.

Start date: 2018-03-01
End date: 2021-02-28
Total cost: EUR 4 989 936,75
EU Contribution: EUR 4 989 936,75
Project Coordinator: FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN, Germany

SIRIUS: Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets
Despite the polarisation in public and policy debates generated by the post-2014 fluxes of refugees, asylum applicants and migrants, European countries need to work out an evidence-based way to deal with migration and asylum rather than a prejudice-based one.

SIRIUS will build on a multi-dimensional conceptual framework in which host country or political-institutional, societal and individual-related conditions function either as enablers or as barriers to migrants’, refugees’ and asylum seekers’ integration via the labour market. SIRIUS has three main objectives.

Start date: 2018-01-01
End date: 2020-12-31
Total cost: EUR 2 500 000
EU Contribution: EUR 2 500 000
Project Coordinator: THE GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom

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