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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (20/03/2017)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS:

NOTAKEY: Next generation authentication for the digital age
The cost of cybercrime rocketed to $500 billion in 2015, according to The Economist. This is why the European Commission introduced the Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) to implement strong two-factor authentication for payments before 2018. There are already several MFA solutions on the market, but they are expensive to implement, slow to use and do not meet requirements for PSD2, eIDAS and modern EC-funded approaches to crypto libraries. NOTAKEY allows banks to implement a strong and scalable multi-factor authentication.

Start date: 2017-04-01
End date: 2019-09-30
Total cost: EUR 71 429
EU Contribution: EUR 50 000
Project Coordinator: SIA NOTAKEY, Latvia

INCRICO: The International Criminal Court and the Judicial Function – a Socio-Legal Study of Judicial Perceptions and Practices
INCRICO investigates the ways in which the International Criminal Court (ICC) perceives its judicial function and how this impacts its legal practices. The overall goal is to offer a realistic account of the international criminal judiciary with regard to judicial deliberations, reasoning and drafting judgments. To meet this objective, INCRICO aims to tackle the topic using a unique interdisciplinary approach, employing doctrinal legal analysis as well as contemporary sociology of law for explaining international criminal law and international criminal courts and their link to global society. The project’s specific objectives are to: (1) gather, analyse and collate international legal data and sources relevant for determining the content, scope, nature and practice of the ICC’s judicial function, as well as the relevant body of the ICC’s case law/jurisprudence/applicable law, including dissenting and individual/separate opinions; (2) gather (through in-depth interviews with the ICC’s judges) and analyse qualitative data on the judges’ perceptions and understanding of their judicial function, in terms of what and how the judges really think, and what they are doing and why, so as to identify the judges’ view and experience at the ICC and how this correlated to the case law of the Court; (3) integrate legal assessment of dissents/case law/jurisprudence of the ICC with the judges’ accounts to map out and critically analyse the ICC’s judicial function; (4) increase awareness and knowledge of the ICC’s judicial function among relevant scientific and criminal justice management/policy making communities, and the general public.

Start date: 2018-09-01
End date: 2020-08-31
Total cost: EUR 212 194,80
EU Contribution: EUR 212 194,80
Project Coordinator: Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark

FEDCIT: Federal state against cities – immigrant incorporation in the context of new immigrant reception
The unprecedented number of newcomers in the past year provides an immense challenge to federal state and local authorities, who have to co-ordinate the provision of policies and funds for incorporating immigrants into society. This comparative study seeks to understand the role of federal states for the incorporation of immigrants in the context of the recent influx of asylum seekers in Germany and Austria in 2015.

Few studies have so far investigated the role of federal states in immigrant integration.

By deploying a comparative research design that consists of case studies in four federal states (Baden Württemberg and Saxony, Upper Austria and Burgenland), the project identifies the impact of different factors on federal states’ immigrant incorporation policies, namely the national level’s stance towards immigration, the regions’ economic positionality, and local actors’ active lobbying on the federal state level.

Start date: 2018-09-01
End date: 2020-08-31
Total cost: EUR 166 156,80
EU Contribution: EUR 166 156,80
Project Coordinator: Universitat Wien, Austria

SecIoT: Cybersecurity Threat Detection for Internet of Things Connected Devices
Given the accelerating growth and importance of cybersecurity across many sectors of the economy and society, this project aims to solve the lack of effective security provision in software engineering. The system automates the vulnerability scanning of software assets and reduces the effort required for development teams to adopt security best practices. By enabling developers to scan their code before going to production, SecIoT can save firms between 3 to 30 times the cost of development, help firms build trust with end-users, empower and educate developers.

Start date: 2017-09-01
End date: 20178-08-31
Total cost: EUR 117 843,75
EU Contribution: EUR 117 843,75
Project Coordinator: Secure Secure Ltd, United Kingdom

CaseXtreme: ChAnges in the Statistics of EXTremes Events in cliMatE
Most developing countries are recognised to be vulnerable to climate risks. Climate-related disasters are already undermining growth across the world, threatening hard-won gains and vulnerable populations’ lives and livelihoods. Increasing climate volatility may counteract the investments being made by countries to mitigate, prepare for and manage current weather risks. The project eXtreme Climate Facility (XCF) and a specific multi-hazard Extreme Climate Index would be based on meteorological data and designed to capture the severity and frequency of heat, drought, flood and other extreme weather events.

In order to provide financing for countries managing their current climate risks, it is necessary to develop instruments that identify the changes in the frequency of extreme events. With such instruments, the disbursement of climate adaptation funds to countries would be entirely data-driven over a 30-year adaptation period. If there are no significant increases in the frequency or magnitude of extreme weather events, then no payments would be made.

The project’s first objective is to identify a suitable metric for the Statistical Significance of Changes in the Statistics of Extremes (SSCSE) in order to provide the baseline for the design of innovative financial products and risk management tools.

Start date: 2017-09-01
End date: 2018-08-31
Total cost: EUR 125 500
EU Contribution: EUR 125 500
Project Coordinator: Amigo SRL, Italy

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