Preparedness projects


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Union Civil Protection Mechanism

Programme Description

The general objective of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (‘Mechanism’ or ‘UCPM’) is to strengthen the cooperation between the Union and the Member States and to facilitate coordination in the field of civil protection in order to improve the effectiveness of systems for preventing, preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Preparedness projects


This topic aims to increase the overall preparedness of the UCPM and its stakeholders through activities that address ongoing and emerging issues of systemic relevance. In order to contribute to achieving the above general objective, applicants are invited to select one or several of the following topic priorities: Institutional preparedness; and Individual capacity strengthening.

Detailed Call Description

In order to contribute to achieving the above general objective, applicants are invited to select one or several of the following topic priorities.

Priority 1: Institutional preparedness
Institutional preparedness plays a crucial part in efficiently meeting the demands placed on civil protection and DRM authorities. Increasing complexities during disasters, changing parameters as a result of climate change and the ever-growing risk of concurrent disasters or prolonged emergencies, require institutions with a role in DRM to adapt and prepare themselves accordingly. Proposals focussing on the institutional preparedness priority of the call will be able to place their focus on activities aimed at advancing preparedness, both within and between organisations, sectors and borders, especially in the context of applying lessons learnt to existing structures and processes. Activities can aim to encourage or even institutionalise cooperation between different stakeholders including the general public, improve communication, information management and facilitate the transfer of knowledge or integrate new approaches and innovative research in the interest of increasing preparedness at an institutional level.

Priority 2: Individual capacity strengthening
This priority aims to increase preparedness through activities that develop skills, expand relevant knowledge, and improve capacity and performance of individual experts or functional groups12. While the primary responsibility for this process lies within each organisation, this call intends to complement efforts within individual stakeholders, by funding initiatives that gather resources beyond those typically available to the individual organisation. Bringing together different stakeholders, sharing knowledge, and developing formats to effectively make knowledge and skills available to relevant audiences throughout the UCPM community is the central objective of Priority 2.

While any identified gaps on relevant topics can be addressed, areas of focus that have already been identified include floods, wildfires, earthquakes, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) and medical emergencies.

All activities included in proposals aimed at capacity strengthening should be structured in a manner that is complementary to UCPM and national training programmes and not duplicate ongoing efforts.

Call Total Budget

€5 000 000

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


The maximum EU contribution is capped at €1 000 000 per project. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested, with a minimum of €400 000.

Thematic Categories

  • Public Administration
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • Legal Entities
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Parliamentary Bodies
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

Eligibility For Participation Notes

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

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • Participating States in the UCPM: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Türkiye.
    • Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) beneficiary countries not participating in the UCPM: Kosovo.
    • European Neighbourhood Policy countries: East (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) and South (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia).

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies), established in an EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories), UCPM Participating States, beneficiary countries to the instrument for pre-accession (IPA) not participating in the UCPM and European Neighbourhood Policy countries.
National, regional and local authorities should cooperate, together with the private sector and civil society organisations.

Consortium composition – Proposals must be submitted by a consortium consisting of at least three beneficiaries from a minimum of three different eligible states.

The project coordinator must be an entity from a UCPM Member/Participating State.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Civil Defence, Ministry of Interior Affairs
Kyriakos Hadjigeorgiou
Senior Civil Defence Officer
Telephone: +357 22 403448

(Publish Date: 14/03/2022-for internal use only)