It is possible to apply for funding for different types of projects directly from EU funds, which are often distributed via calls for proposals published on EU websites.. Sometimes, EU funds managed together the national authorities of Member States. Below, a few different EU funds that may be of interest to stakeholders with responsibilities within civil contingencies is described.
The purpose of the funds is to help reach the EU’s political goals within areas such as civil protection, safety, and cyber security etc. The funds presented here offer funding within MSB’s area of responsibility.
How do EU funds work?
All EU funds and national funds are based on various political goals, which the funding shall help realise. It is important to understand the purpose of various funds, and to understand what the specific calls for tender require in order to obtain funding.
For example, EU funds often require Member States to apply for funds together with other national or international stakeholders and form a consortium. There are also major differences between the co-financing rate of the funds, the duration of the project time, the reporting requirements , and so on. Sometimes, so-called shared management is applied, meaning that Member States manage the fund together with the EU.
Read more on the funds, their terms and conditions, and current announcements for each fund in the link below the presentation of the fund.
All of the EU’s funding calls for proposals are published on the European Commission’s application portal Single Electronic Data Interchange Area, SEDIA.
Various EU funds
Internal Security Fund – ISF
The Internal Security Fund (ISF) aims to promote the implementation of the Internal Security Strategy, increase law enforcement cooperation and the management of the Union’s external borders. ISF’s total budget for the fund period 2014-2020 amounts to approximately EUR 3.8 billion. ISF is composed of two instruments:
- Borders and visa (ISF Borders and Visa)
- Police cooperation, preventing and combating crime, and crisis management (ISF Police)
Part of the ISF fund is managed by the Commission, which includes publishing calls for proposals on their website, while some calls for proposals are published by the Swedish Police, which is the designated managing authority in Sweden.
Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
The overall goal of the programme is to improve the interconnectivity of Europe’s infrastructure by supportinginfrastructure projects. The programme is divided into three sectors:
CEF Telecom funds so-called digital infrastructures, of which cybersecurity is one. Therefore, CEF Telecom has, cybersecurity calls for supporting among other things the implementation of the Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS Directive 2016/1148).
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
The European Regional Development Fund is one of the four European structural and investment funds (ESI Funds) that shall contribute to the EU’s sustainability goals. The purpose of the funds is to decrease the regional inequalities within the EU. The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) is responsible for the programmes within the European Regional Development Fund in Sweden.
Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM)
In order to strengthen the EU’s capability to manage disasters, the EU has established the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM). The overall objective of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is to strengthen the cooperation between EU Member States and 6 Participating States within civil protection to improve prevention, preparedness, and disaster response.
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s Research and Innovation programme and is the world’s biggest research and innovation initiative. The programme has three main sections:
- Excellent Science
- Industrial Leadership
- Societal Challenges.
Grants from the fund are distributed by the EU and Member States. Vinnova is the responsible authority for Horisont 2020 in Sweden.