Internal Security Fund – Component for Police Co-operation (ISF POLICE)

  • https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/financing/fundings/security-and-safeguarding-liberties/internal-security-fund-police_en

In order to be eligible for a grant, the Applicant and the Co-applicants must be a Member State participating in the ISF Police Regulation. Public bodies established in third countries may participate, but only as co-applicants.

In order to be eligible, applications:

a) must be transnational, i.e. involve at least two eligible entities established in two different Member States participating in the ISF Police instrument .

b) must request an EU contribution equal to or higher than EUR 250 000. The EU grant is limited to a maximum co-funding rate of 90% of the total eligible costs of the action.

Applications seeking lower EU contributions will be rejected.

c) must have an implementation period of maximum 24 months, Applications for projects scheduled to run for a longer period will be rejected. Activities must not have started prior to the date of submission of the grant application. If the share of a grant requested by an organisation (Applicant or Co-applicant) exceeds EUR 750 000, this organisation must also provide an audit report produced by an approved external auditor certifying its accounts for the last closed financial year. This provision shall not apply to public bodies or to international organisations.

Additional Information;

General implementation mechanisms of the ISF Police is through National Programmes that the ISP Police fund is mainly implemented by EU participating countries through shared management where each country implements the fund through national annual programmes on the basis of multiannual programming or through Union Actions that part of the ISF Police fund is managed by the Commission (direct and indirect management) through Union Actions, which include Calls for Proposals, procurement, direct awards, delegation agreements.  For these actions the Commission approves Annual Work Programmes that define the priorities and objectives for each year, including the priorities for the Calls for Proposals. Examples of beneficiaries of the programmes implemented under this Fund can be state and federal authorities, local public bodies, non-governmental organisations and private and public law companies.

Pre-Financing option is valid depending on the duration of the project unless otherwise it is stated in project proposal (Please refer “Financial Guidelines for Applicants)

Programme Details

The programme will provide financial support to police cooperation, exchange and access to information, crime prevention and the fight against cross-border as well as serious and organised crime, including terrorism, the protection of people and critical infrastructure against security-related incidents and the effective management of security-related risks and crisis, taking into account common Union policies (strategies, programmes and action plans), legislation, practical co-operation and threat and risk assessments.

The ISF Police component of the Internal Security Fund contributes to ensuring a high level of security in the EU. Within this general objective, the Funds’ activities focus on two specific objectives:

  • Fight against crime: combating cross-border, serious and organised crime including terrorism, and reinforcing coordination and cooperation between law enforcement authorities and other national authorities of EU States, including with EUROPOL and other relevant EU bodies, and with relevant non-EU and international organisations;
  • Managing risk and crisis: enhancing the capacity of EU States and the Union for managing effectively security-related risk and crisis, and preparing for protecting people and critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks and other security related incidents.

The objectives of this Programme are the following:

  • Preventing and fighting against cross-border, serious and organised crime.
  • Raising the levels of security for citizens and business in cyberspace.
  • Preventing terrorism and addressing radicalisation and recruitment.
  • Raising capabilities to protect critical infrastructure in all economic sectors.
  • Increasing Europe’s resilience to crisis and disaster.

Programme will provide a support for following actions;

Actions in Member States:

  • Actions improving police cooperation and coordination between law enforcement authorities, including joint investigation teams and any other form of cross-border joint operation, the access to and exchange of information and interoperable technologies.
  • Networking, mutual confidence, understanding and learning, the identification, exchange and dissemination of know-how, experience and good practices, information sharing, shared situation awareness and foresight, contingency planning and interoperability.
  • Analytical, monitoring and evaluation activities, including studies and threat, risk and impact assessments.
  • Awareness raising, dissemination and communication activities.
  • Acquisition and/or further upgrading of technical equipment, secure facilities, infrastructures, related buildings and systems, especially ICT systems and their components, including for the purpose of European cooperation on cyber- crime, notably with the European Cybercrime Centre.
  • Exchange, training and education of staff and experts of relevant authorities, including language training and joint exercises or programmes.
  • Measures deploying, transferring, testing and validating new methodology or technology, including pilot projects and follow-up measures to Union funded security research projects.


Actions in third countries:

  • Actions improving police cooperation and coordination between law enforcement authorities, including joint investigation teams and any other form of cross-border joint operation, the access to and exchange of information and interoperable technologies.
  • Networking, mutual confidence, understanding and learning, the identification.
  • Exchange and dissemination of know-how, experience and good practices, information sharing, shared situation awareness and foresight, contingency planning and interoperability.
  • Acquisition and/or further upgrading of technical equipment, including ICT systems and their components.
  • Exchange, training and education of staff and experts of relevant authorities, including language training.
  • Awareness raising, dissemination and communication activities.
  • Threat, risk and impact assessments.
  • Studies and pilot projects.

Find a Call; https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/programmes/isfp

Regulation;

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32014R0513&qid=1565345756477&from=EN

Work programme; https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/other_eu_prog/home/wp/isfp-awp-2018_en.pdf


Examples of ISF Programme in Action;

  • MITIREL PROJECT (Internal Security Fund Police Programme) Coordinated trans-national training programme  for prevention and mitigation of CBR release induced by non-state actors

The detailed aims of the project are:

  • Development of training program and preparation of training materials, including laboratory exercises, table-top exercises and field exercises;
  • Improving individual skills and team cooperation through conducted training when neutralizing IED containing chemical material (C), biological (B) or radiological (R) (IEDs-CBR)
  • Verification of cross-EU-Member States cooperation in response and cross-sector cooperation ofall services involved in investigating, neutralising, risk mitigation (CBR and physical), cleanup, and managing consequences of IED-CBR attacks
  • Proposing standards for training curriculum and training facility setup tailored to average EU capacity



A RADICAL MODEL OF RESILIENCE FOR YOUNG MINDS - ARMOUR

Funding scheme:        ISFP-2017-AG-RAD

Grant agreement No:  823683

Duration:          01/2019 - 12/2020 (24 months)

EU funding:     739,848.83 EUR

ARMOUR Project aims to address societal polarization via strengthening resilience of individuals, communities and vulnerable groups (such as children, youth, etc.) to polarization, and to promote interaction and cooperation between different local actors from public sectors, i.e. law enforcement, social services, etc., that specialize in working with vulnerable groups in preventing extremism through development of cooperation models. The project will design and create a Toolkit for first-line practitioners to employ in reducing polarization among children and youth.


Examples of Calls;