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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (16/12/2015)

H2020 Security Research calls
1. Frontex: Pool of experts on automated border control (ABC) (Frontex/CEI/48/2013)
Through the establishment of a pool of experts, Frontex aims to achieve the following objectives in the area of ABC:

  • develop an increasingly structured and transparent framework to facilitate access to relevant expertise in the field.
  • ensure that research conducted and activities undertaken in the field of ABC is based on complete and up-to-date evidence and presents unambiguous results.
  • support the dissemination of research and knowledge relevant to border management among interested parties.

The estimated value of this contract is EUR 120.000
Deadline: 31 December 2015
Contact: FRONTEX
Email: procurement@frontex.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

2. Supporting activities in the area of electronic identification and trust services ENISA seeks to contract the services of a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 service providers which can provide support in the area of electronic identification and trust services. The successful bidders should be able to demonstrate significant experience and skills in this area, with emphasis on the aspects dealt with in the annual ENISA work programme.

The estimated value of this contract excluding VAT is EUR 240.000
Deadline: 14 January 2016
Contact: ENISA
Email: procurement@enisa.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

3. Support for judicial cooperation in criminal matters
The aim is to promote judicial cooperation in criminal matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU mutual recognition instruments in criminal matters.
The priorities of this call are:
1) Priority shall be given to the implementation and application of the following judicial cooperation instruments:
– Directive 2014/41/EU on the European Investigation Order in criminal matters;
– Framework Decision 2006/783/JHA on mutual recognition of confiscation orders, particular in view of the adoption of Directive 2014/42/EU on the freezing and confiscation of instrumentalities and proceeds of crime in the European Union and of Directive 2014/42 on the European Investigation Order;
– Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties or other Treaties containing provisions on Mutual Legal Assistance with third States (e.g. EU-US MLA Agreement, Budapest Cybercrime Convention), in particular with respect to the exchange of electronic data and financial information;
2) Other priority is the cooperation between prosecutors of different Member States for the application of the instruments mentioned under priority 1. above on issues related to counter terrorism and organised crime.

The estimated value of calls is a maximum of EUR 5.000.000
Deadline: 19 January 2016
Contact: DG Justice
Email: EC-JUSTICE-CALLS@ec.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

4. Support for judicial cooperation in criminal matters aiming to fight terrorism by preventing radicalisation
The aim is to promote judicial cooperation in criminal matters to fight against radicalisation that leads to violent extremism and to counter terrorism. Duplications of already existing initiatives will not be funded. Applicants shall explain and demonstrate how their proposals are aligned with the respective EU policies and with the documents published by the European Commission. The degree of relevance to the priorities of the call for proposals will be assessed under the relevance award criterion.

Priority shall be given to the following actions in particular:

  1. Prevention of radicalisation in prisons, in particular concerning: choice and organisation of prison regimes to prevent radicalisation (e.g. how inmates are housed, whether they are segregated from or integrated into the general prison population); development of de-radicalisation, disengagement and rehabilitation programmes to be used in prison; role of religious/ethical/moral counselling of inmates to help creating a counter narrative and to promote and provide support for individual de-radicalisation processes;
  2. development of tools providing assistance of prison staff dealing with radicalised offenders.
  3. Promotion of alternatives to detention and exploration of the role of probation at EU level in the fight against radicalisation leading to violent extremism, in particular concerning development of de-radicalisation, disengagement and rehabilitation programmes which could be used outside the prison context (e.g. during criminal proceedings as a condition to drop prosecution before a court, as a condition to release from pre-trial detention, as a condition for a suspended prison sentence, as part of a prison sentence or in case of conditional release).

Development of risk assessment methodologies which could be used by prison administrations and judges and prosecutors (e.g. how to detect signs of radicalisation, how to distinguish between different types of terrorist suspects and their motivations, how to collaborate with law enforcement authorities, intelligence services and probation services in this respect).

The role of juvenile justice systems in the counter-terrorism context.

The cooperation between prosecutors of different Member States for the application of certain judicial cooperation instruments on issues related to counter terrorism and organised crime will be covered by JUST/2015/JCOO/AF/CRIM call.

The estimated value of calls is a maximum of EUR 5.000.000
Deadline: 19 January 2016
Contact: DG Justice
Email: EC-JUSTICE-CALLS@ec.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

5. Towards a digital single market for NIS products and services.
The objectives of this project are the following:

  • Understand the current market of NIS products and services and selected areas of application in the EU MS and EFTA nations. The focus will emphasise the European market, even in the case where NIS products and services are from non-EU providers,
  • Identify 5 NIS sectors where EU players have certain market advantage over non-EU players and analyse the reasons for this. Also the study will identify 5 sectors where EU players do not have a significant advantage and will assess the reasons for it,
  • Drawing from the lessons learnt from the previous tasks, propose recommendations to the EC and Member States in order to enable NIS products and services to benefit from the digital single market.

The estimated value of this contract excluding VAT is EUR 50.000
Deadline: 20 January 2016
Contact: ENISA
Email: procurement@enisa.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

6. On-site Technical Support to CBRN Centres of Excellence (CoE) Regional Secretariats in Algeria and Uzbekistan
The EU CBRN CoE Initiative covers the Middle East, the region of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, Central Asia, North Africa, Atlantic façade (North West Africa), Central and Eastern Africa, South East Europe and Ukraine, Moldova and South Caucasus as well as South East Asia. A network of 52 countries is established and its main objective is to improve national CBRN risk mitigation policies and upgrade crisis preparedness mechanisms through the implementation of concrete actions in the areas of export control of dual-use goods, illicit trafficking of CBRN materials, bio-safety and bio-security and the engagement of scientists.

Within the implementation of the CBRN Centres of Excellence initiative, the European Commission seeks to deploy 2 Technical Experts with specific qualifications and skills in the field of CBRN risk mitigation, to provide the beneficiary regions with local technical support.

The selected Technical Experts will be asked to provide local technical assistance to the National Focal Points, National Teams, and Regional Secretariats.

The estimated value of this contract is EUR 2.500.000
Deadline: 21 January 2016
Contact: EuropeAid
Email: EuropeAid-Tenders-137560@ec.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

7. Public affairs and audio-visual scenario material for ENISA’s cyber exercises
Within the framework of this Open tender procedure, ENISA would like to find suitably qualified contractors to provide the services as stipulated in the Terms of Reference outlined below.

This tender has been split into 2 standalone projects defined as LOTS. A tenderer may bid for one or both LOTs. The two projects are outlined below:

  • LOT 1 – Methodologies for the identification of Critical information infrastructure assets and services
  • LOT 2 – Recommendations to address electronic communications dependencies on ICT products and services

The maximum budget of this contract is EUR 100.000 (Lot 1 – EUR 60.000 & Lot 2 – EUR 40.000)
Deadline: 28 January 2016
Contact: ENISA
Email: procurement@enisa.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

8. Call for expressions of interest for the establishment of a list of individual external experts to assist CEPOL in the framework of the EU–MENA Counter Terrorism Partnership Project
The objective of this call for expressions of interest is to set up a list of prospective individual external experts to provide expert advice to CEPOL on the specific area of counterterrorism.

The list resulting from this notice will be used exclusively for the following tasks:

  • to provide expert advice to the project team on specific items such as the identification of training needs and content advice on specific sub-sectors,
  • to provide expert lectures in the context of seminars, conferences and the like.

The selected experts shall assist CEPOL in the performance of the relevant tasks mentioned above and shall conduct their work in compliance with CEPOL processes and procedures taking into account the Agency’s objectives as well as the specific project requirements, as well as any relevant CEPOL guide and/or manual.

The estimated value of this contract is not specified
Deadline: 25 February 2018
Contact: European Police College (CEPOL)
Email: cepol-pr-ee-2015-001@cepol.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

9. Training and expert services for cybercrime examinations and investigations (2014/S 109-190946)
The call for expressions of interest will be used for the award of contracts for training services, expert advice, high-level consultancy and studies and expert speaker services in the area of cybercrime examination and investigation.

Lot 1: This sub-list deals with training and expert services in malicious software (malware) analysis and how it operates, what functionality it is built on or in and what attacker-controlled domains or internet protocol addresses it communicates with. A possible sub-topic in this area is reverse engineering.

Lot 2: This sub-list deals with training and expert services in finding legal evidence in computers and digital storage media. For information purpose, interested parties are informed that Europol currently uses a variety of tools such as, for instance, X-Ways Forensics and EnCase. Possible sub-topics to this area of expertise may include: live data forensics, memory forensics, file system forensics.

Lot 3: This sub-list deals with training and expert services in relation to monitoring and analysing computer network traffic. Possible sub-topics to this area of expertise may include: network traffic analysis, log file analysis, intrusion detection.

Lot 4: This sub-list deals with training and expert services in relation to locating, gathering and analysing electronic evidence from various Internet sources. Possible sub-topics to this area of expertise may include: open source intelligence (OSINT), social media analysis and investigation, P2P networks.

Lot 5: This sub-list deals with training and expert services in the recovery and investigation of material found in mobile devices. Possible sub-topics to this area of expertise may include: smart phones forensics (Android, Apple iOS or other), tablet forensics, hardware forensics (chip-off and JTAG techniques or other).

Deadline: 13 February 2019
Contact: EUROPOL
Email: procurement@europol.europa.eu
Call documentation and application forms can be found here

Special Addition

Small Business Expertise Sought to Help Solve Homeland Security Challenges
Washington D.C. — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced it is seeking proposals from small businesses to address technical challenges in homeland security.  Beginning December 16, 2015, DHS will accept proposals for its upcoming Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program FY 16.1 joint solicitation which covers 13 technical areas from two DHS organizations, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).

The Pre-Solicitation notice for DHS SBIR FY 16.1, is published in FedBizOpps.gov (Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00012) and details topics, descriptions and technical contacts for the pending solicitation.

S&T is seeking technical solutions in 10 topic areas while DNDO is focusing on three topic areas. These are organized under the following titles:

  • Security Systems Video/Audio Interoperability Device – sought by S&T
  • Applicability of Blockchain Technology to Privacy Respecting Identity Management – S&T
  • Malware Prediction for Situational Understanding and Preemptive Cyber Defense  – S&T
  • Autonomous Indoor Navigation and Tracking of First Responders – S&T
  • Internet of Things Low-Cost Flood Inundation Sensor – S&T
  • Low-Cost, Real-Time Data Analytics for Underserved EMS Agencies – S&T
  • Real-Time Assessment of Resilience and Preparedness – S&T
  • Using Social Media to Support Timely and Targeted Emergency Response Actions – S&T
  • Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Analytics – S&T
  • Remote Identity Proofing Alternatives to Knowledge Based Authentication/Verification – S&T
  • Smartphone/Smart device Toolkit for Virtual and Actual Radiation Detection, Identification, and Localization – DNDO
  • Plastic Composite Based Scintillators for Multi-Signature Radiation Detectors – DNDO
  • Portable Linear Accelerator (linac) for Active Interrogation Systems for Radiological Gamma Isotope Source Replacement – DNDO

“It is vitally important that we cast a wide net to find highly innovative solutions to the Nation’s homeland security challenges,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers. “We know that America’s small businesses are creative problem solvers and engines of innovation and we want to hear from them. We encourage eligible, U.S. small businesses to explore the topic areas presented in this funding opportunity and submit proposals that capture their best thinking.  We are particularly interested in receiving proposals from under-represented groups, such as women-owned small businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.”

The S&T topics in the joint solicitation are developed by S&T program managers and generally address DHS needs.

Proposals submitted to this joint solicitation are due no later than 2 p.m. ET on January 20, 2016.  All offerors must submit proposals through the online proposal submission system at https://sbir2.st.dhs.gov.

For more information about the DHS S&T SBIR Program visit the program portal: https://sbir2.st.dhs.gov

The DHS S&T SBIR Program was initiated in 2004 with the goal of increasing the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development programs and challenging industry to bring innovative homeland security solutions to fruition.

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