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Threats such as natural disasters, terrorism and organized crime do not stop at national borders. That is why it is important – both within the European Union and at bilateral level – to take advantage of joint strengths in order to promote research and innovation and make sure that security solutions are developed with international markets in mind.


The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR) have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of civil security research in 2009, with the aim of pooling efforts and intensifying research activities. The areas of cooperation will include protection against terrorism, organized crime, natural disasters and major accidents. The aim of the agreement is the mutual opening of security research programmes in Germany and France. By this collaboration, and a more international approach to security research in general, France and Germany not only want to strengthen each other's future security, but also contribute to Europe's security architecture.

Based on this agreement, BMBF and ANR have published a coordinated call at the beginning of 2011. The BMBF's call on Franco-German cooperation and the corresponding ANR's call "CSOSG 2011" provide the opportunity for Franco-German consortia to jointly submit proposals for interdisciplinary research projects in the area of civil security. Such projects should develop and conduct research into innovative solutions, taking into account technological and societal dimensions. Furthermore, funding can also be granted to independent projects dealing with overarching societal policy and cross-cutting issues. For this coordinated call a Partnering Platform and a Partnering Event support French and German potential applicants in forming joint consortia. In addition, a leaflet with important information on the application procedure is available.