EUAF-2023-TA — Technical Assistance


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

EU Anti-Fraud Programme

Programme Description

The EU Anti-Fraud Programme (2021-2027) has the following general objectives:

  • protecting the financial interests of the European Union by supporting action to combat irregularities, fraud and corruption affecting the EU budget
  • supporting mutual assistance between administrative authorities in EU Member States
  • ensuring the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters by supporting cooperation between administrative authorities in EU Member States and the European Commission
Programme Details

Identifier Code



EUAF-2023-TA — Technical Assistance


τhe main purpose the acquisition of specialised equipment, tools and data technologies, including an accompanying training component on the use of purchased equipment.

Detailed Call Description

The call will support the following four topics in 2023:

  • EUAF-2023-TA-01 — Investigation and surveillance equipment and methods
  • EUAF-2023-TA-02 — Digital forensic hardware
  • EUAF-2023-TA-03 — Data analytics technologies and data purchases
  • EUAF-2023-TA-04 — Detection of illicit trade

Within these topics, the following activities can be funded:

Investigation and surveillance equipment and methods
The purchase and maintenance of investigation and surveillance equipment and methods used by beneficiaries to prevent and fight against irregularities, fraud, and corruption detrimental to the financial interests of the Union. The purchase of adapted transport equipment, IT hardware, IT software, and audio-visual equipment may be included, provided an applicant clearly demonstrates that the purchase helps to achieve the prevention and combat of fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the Union.

Digital forensic hardware
The purchase and maintenance of digital forensic equipment and software, mobile forensic tools, and computer forensic collaborative systems used to prevent and fight against irregularities (and fraudulent irregularities in particular), fraud, and corruption detrimental to the financial interests of the Union. Projects may also include updates of existing software systems and associated training.

Data analytics technologies and data purchases
The purchase and maintenance of: (i) commercial specialised databases; (ii)data-analysis platforms capable of running analysis in ‘big data’ environments; (iii) risk and predictive analysis tools; (iv) data mining tools; and (v) systems supported by artificial intelligence used in the prevention and fight against irregularities, fraudulent activities and corruption, detrimental to the financial interests of the Union. These purchases include capacity building in Member States to develop, use and share databases and business-intelligence tools. These purchases may also enable the acquisition of integrated packages that comprise, for example, hardware, software, and training.

Detection of illicit trade
The purchase and maintenance of equipment and IT tools to strengthen beneficiaries’ operational and technical capacity to detect smuggled and counterfeited goods, including cigarettes and tobacco, imported into the Union with the intention of evading Value Added Tax, customs duties and/or excise taxes.

Call Total Budget

€100,000 or more. Maximum grant amount that could be requested is up to 15% of the available call budget (meaning maximum €1,447,500).

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (80%). You can apply for a higher project funding rate (90%) if your project is a ‘priority action’, i.e.:

  • reflect the findings of the annual reports on implementation of Article 325 TFEU on combating fraud, in particular the identification of situations that are vulnerable and that raise the greatest threat to the protection of the financial interests of the Union;
  •  reflect the findings of the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report 19/2017 on import procedures.

Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • International Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies) which are:
    • national or regional public authorities or international organisations whose task is to protect the EU financial interests.
  • be from a:
    • EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs) or
    • listed EEA country or country associated to the EUAF Programme or country which is in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries).

Consortium composition
Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries; affiliated entities and other participants are allowed, if needed).

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


EU Contact Point

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(Publish Date: 17/03/2023-for internal use only)