Dark web monitoring to counter illicit trade in New Psychoactive Substances (NPSs), firearms, and other contraband


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

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Funding under projects

Programme Description

Funding provided under previews programmes.

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Dark web monitoring to counter illicit trade in New Psychoactive Substances (NPSs), firearms, and other contraband


PEN-CP is a dynamic innovation-boosting network of expert Customs practitioners. This PING project aims to create the opportunity for selected suppliers to make concrete innovations, which will receive real-world testing and assessment by expert Customs end users.

Detailed Call Description

In the context of customs risk assessment, PEN-CP customs partners aim for cuttingedge knowledge on the merits of accessing information and retrievable data from dark web marketplaces that trade in goods such as NPSs, firearms, and one additional illicit product/ material (to be chosen by the Selected Supplier). Such information may be useful for risk assessment purposes (shipment targeting, operator profiling, etc.). The Selected Supplier will use an existing technology/software (whether their own or from a third party) to carry out monitoring and analysis activities in the dark web, and PEN-CP customs partners will assess the value of the information presented during the project and in the final report. The results and findings can potentially help shape the future direction on how Customs administrations would best benefit from information in the dark web.

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Thematic Categories

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Trade and Commerce

Eligibility for Participation

  • Large Enterprises
  • Legal Entities
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

The call is targeted for companies and research organizations (as ´legal persons´), which have a well-recognized ID such as a national registration number, a VAT number, etc.

Proposals from individual persons or consortia are not eligible and will not be considered in the evaluation.

Proposals from applicants with prior involvement in customs innovation projects are encouraged.

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Call Closing Date


EU Contact Point

Contact person for all queries:

Valentina Scioneri
PEN-CP Administrator, Cross-border Research Association (CBRA)
Email: valentina@cross-border.org
Τelephone & WhatsApp: +39 334 159 8179