Open Topic

Grant Name
Open Topic
Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
European Commission
Research Field
Policy and Support
Protection of areas and infrastructures
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
Operators of critical infrastructure
Threats and vulnerabilities modelling
Security Management and Governance
Resilience aspects
Digital Agenda
Earth Observation / Services and applications
Grant Size

General conditions

1. Admissibility conditions: described in Annex A and Annex E of the Horizon Europe Work Programme General Annexes

Proposal page limits and layout: described in Part B of the Application Form available in the Submission System

2. Eligible countries: described in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes

A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon Europe projects. See the information in the Horizon Europe Programme Guide.

3. Other eligibility conditions: described in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes

The following additional eligibility criteria apply:

This topic requires the active involvement, as beneficiaries, of at least 2 critical infrastructure operators and 2 civil protection authorities from at least 3 different EU Member States or Associated Countries. For these participants, applicants must fill in the table “Information about security practitioners” in the application form with all the requested information, following the template provided in the submission IT tool.

If projects use satellite-based earth observation, positioning, navigation and/or related timing data and services, beneficiaries must make use of Copernicus and/or Galileo/EGNOS (other data and services may additionally be used).

4. Financial and operational capacity and exclusion: described in Annex C of the Work Programme General Annexes

5. Evaluation and award:

  • Award criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex D of the Work Programme General Annexes

  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in Annex F of the Work Programme General Annexes and the Online Manual

  • Indicative timeline for evaluation and grant agreement: described in Annex F of the Work Programme General Annexes

6. Legal and financial set-up of the grants: described in Annex G of the Work Programme General Annexes

Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum as defined in the Decision of 7 July 2021 authorising the use of lump sum contributions under the Horizon Europe Programme – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027) – and in actions under the Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (2021-2025). [[This decision is available on the Funding and Tenders Portal, in the reference documents section for Horizon Europe, under ‘Simplified costs decisions’ or through this link:]].

Specific conditions

7. Specific conditions: described in the [specific topic of the Work Programme]


Call documents:

Standard application form — call-specific application form is available in the Submission System

Standard application form (HE RIA, IA)

Standard application form (HE RIA IA Stage 1)

Standard application form (HE CSA)

Standard application form (HE CSA Stage 1)

Standard application form (HE RI)

Standard application form (HE PCP)

Standard application form (HE PPI)

Standard application form (HE COFUND)

Standard application form (HE FPA)

Standard application form (HE MSCA DN)

Standard application form (HE MSCA PF)

Standard application form (HE MSCA SE)

Standard application form (HE MSCA COFUND)

Standard application form (HE ERC STG)

Standard application form (HE ERC COG)

Standard application form (HE ERC ADG)

Standard application form (HE ERC POC)

Standard application form (HE ERC SYG)

Standard application form (HE EIC PATHFINDER CHALLENGES)

Standard application form (HE EIC PATHFINDER OPEN)

Standard application form (HE EIC TRANSITION)

Standard evaluation form — will be used with the necessary adaptations

Standard evaluation form (HE RIA, IA)

Standard evaluation form (HE CSA)

Standard evaluation form (HE RIA, IA and CSA Stage 1)

Standard evaluation form (HE PCP PPI)

Standard evaluation form (HE COFUND)

Standard evaluation form (HE FPA)

Standard evaluation form (HE MSCA)

Standard evaluation form (HE EIC PATHFINDER CHALLENGES)

Standard evaluation form (HE EIC PATHFINDER OPEN)

Standard evaluation form (HE EIC TRANSITION)

Standard evaluation form (HE EIC ACCELERATOR)


HE General MGA v1.0

HE Unit MGA v1.0

Lump Sum MGA v1.0

Operating Grants MGA v1.0

Framework Partnership Agreement FPA v1.0

Call-specific instructions

Detailed budget table (HE LS)

Information on financial support to third parties (HE)

Information on clinical studies (HE)

Guidance: "Lump sums - what do I need to know?"

Additional documents:

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 1. General Introduction

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 2. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 3. Research Infrastructures

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 4. Health

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 5. Culture, creativity and inclusive society

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 6. Civil Security for Society

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 7. Digital, Industry and Space

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 8. Climate, Energy and Mobility

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 9. Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 10. European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE)

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 11. Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 12. Missions

HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 13. General Annexes

HE Programme Guide

HE Framework Programme and Rules for Participation Regulation 2021/695

HE Specific Programme Decision 2021/764

EU Financial Regulation

Rules for Legal Entity Validation, LEAR Appointment and Financial Capacity Assessment

EU Grants AGA — Annotated Model Grant Agreement

Funding & Tenders Portal Online Manual

Funding & Tenders Portal Terms and Conditions

Funding & Tenders Portal Privacy Statement

Grant Number

Projects’ results are expected to contribute to all of the following outcomes:

  • Critical infrastructure operators are more resilient to threats and natural and human-made hazards;
  • Improved monitoring, risk assessment, forecast, mitigation and modelling techniques aimed at increasing the resilience of critical infrastructures, validating multi-hazard scenarios, creating interactive hazard maps supported by Earth Observation and other data sources.


Under the Open Topic, proposals are welcome to address new, upcoming or unforeseen challenges and/or creative or disruptive solutions for increasing the resilience of critical infrastructure, that are not covered by the other topics of Horizon Europe Calls Resilient Infrastructure 2021-2022, Resilient Infrastructure 2023 and Resilient Infrastructure 2024.

Adapted to the nature, scope and type of proposed activities, proposals should convincingly explain how they will plan and/or carry out demonstration, testing or validation of developed tools and solutions. Proposals should also delineate the plans to develop possible future uptake and upscaling at local, national and EU level for possible next steps after the project.

In this topic the integration of the gender dimension (sex and gender analysis) in research and innovation content should be addressed only if relevant in relation to the objectives of the research effort.

Proposals should consider, build on if appropriate and not duplicate previous research, including but not limited to research by other Framework Programmes’ projects. When applicable, the successful proposal should build on the publicly available achievements and findings of related previous national or EU-funded projects.

Specific Topic Conditions:

Activities are expected to achieve TRL 6-8 by the end of the project – see General Annex B.

Funding resources

Purdue Grant Writing Lab: Introduction to Grant Writing Open Link
University of Wisconsin Writing Center: Planning and Writing a Grant Proposal Open Link

Quick share

Add deadline to calendar


Have a funding opportunity that you want to list here?

Submit the grant details to for review and listing.

Discover Peeref hubs

Discuss science. Find collaborators. Network.

Join a conversation

Add your recorded webinar

Do you already have a recorded webinar? Grow your audience and get more views by easily listing your recording on Peeref.

Upload Now

Related opportunities

Program Year 2023 Planning Guidance for National Farmworker Jobs Program Career Services and Training Grantees
Employment, Labor and Training Jun 16, 2024 12:00:00 AM EDT $23,902,460
Expanding Academia-Enterprise Collaborations
Entrepreneurship education 2024-09-19 €2500000
ERA Talents
N/A 2024-09-26 €40000000
Science and Technology and other Researc... Oct 31, 2024 12:00:00 AM EDT $900,000
Interoperability for border and maritime surveillance and situational awareness
Security 2024-11-20 €6000000
Advanced user-friendly, compatible, secure identity and travel document management
Privacy by design 2024-11-20 €6000000
Accelerating uptake through open proposals for advanced SME innovation
Security 2024-11-20 €6000000
Design for adaptability, re-use and deconstruction of buildings, in line with the principles of circular economy (Built4People Partnership)
Social sciences and humanities 2025-01-21 €8000000
Cooperation with EEN
Business development 2025-03-31 €5135646