Security research technologies driven by active civil society engagement: transdisciplinary methods for societal impact assessment and impact creation


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Security research technologies driven by active civil society engagement: transdisciplinary methods for societal impact assessment and impact creation


Applied research derives its meaning, and therefore, its financial justification from its relevance to society, to society’s needs, to society’s values, to its aims, needs or ambitions. Applied research presupposes that a distinct societal need is identified and that a program of research is devised to provide the concrete knowledge required to meet that need as well as to better understand areas related to experience and requirements of technologies regarding vulnerable groups through universal design and common accessibility principles.

Detailed Call Description

In assessing the impact of security technologies, proposals are expected to examine methodologies that allow citizens genuine participation, including the vulnerable groups and people with disabilities in innovation processes. A socio-technical approach can enhance the ambition and effectiveness of innovations by inspiring socially acceptable design for systematic change and societal transformation. They should look into methodologies that measure the impact of technologies on society by addressing issues of: what can be measured (qualitative and quantitative measurements); why it is important to measure; what is important to measure both from policy and technology aspects and how societal impact can be measured (qualitative and quantitative measurements), including evidence about cognitive biases. Proposals should also address mitigation measures that could be taken to reduce the impact on privacy, human rights and fundamental freedoms with the involvement of citizens as co-designers and beneficiaries in security research. Attention should be paid to citizens’ training for reducing negative effects, modelling and simulation of their behaviour in the event of security threats.

Proposals’ consortia should comprehend security practitioners, system developers, public sector, technology and civil society organisations, communication specialists on security research, researchers and Social Sciences and Humanities Experts from a variety of EU Member States and Associated Countries. Proposals should ensure a multidisciplinary approach and have the appropriate balance of industry, citizens’ representatives and social sciences and humanities experts. 

Call Total Budget

€2,00 million

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


Expected EU contribution:  €2,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Disabled Persons
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Unemployed

Eligibility For Participation Notes

  • Beneficiaries may provide financial support to third parties which can only be provided in the form of prizes.
  • The maximum amount to be granted to each third party is €60000.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation
29a Andrea Michalakopoulou, 1075 Nicosia
P.O.Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia
Phone Number: +357 22205000
Email Address:

Contact Persons:
Ms Katerina Karakasidou
Scientific Officer
Contact Phone: +357 22 205 036
Contact Email:

Dr Kalypso Sepou
Head of European Programmes Department
Contact Phone: +357 22 205066
Contact Email:

(Publish Date: 14/07/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation