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Security Research Event (SRE)
Supplementary information6 October 2023Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs

Frontex’s support and contribution to research and innovation


In the ever-evolving landscape of border man­agement and law enforcement, we must em­brace the transformative power of research and technology to elevate our capabilities and adapt to new challenges.

By integrating novel technol­ogies into our work, we can revolutionise the border crossing experience of travellers, or the way we detect, analyse, and respond to potential threats, while also providing our officers with the support they need to carry out their vital mis­sions.

Each year Frontex research and innovation takes our capabilities to a higher level via several diverse research and innovation activities:

  • Supporting EU border security research
    • In February 2020, Frontex and the Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG Home) co-signed the Terms of Reference regarding Frontex’s role in the EU’s Research & Innovation programmes, which laid the foundation for a closer partnership and an enhanced Frontex contribution to maximising EU research as a joint goal-oriented effort.
      Frontex research projects


    • Frontex Research and Innovation set up the Research Grants Programme, a new collaborative funding pro­gramme to increase the impact of technological research in border management by supporting small-scale research projects of non-profit re­search organisations and academic institutions operating in EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries.
      Frontex research grants programme


  • Testing new services relevant for border management and border security (e.g., Pilot Project Maritime Surveillance Aerostat II in Greece; Pilot Project Entry Exit System at Land Borders in Bulgaria and Spain; trial of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for multi-purpose aerial surveillance; Prize Contest on the Detection of Low Flying Objects)
  • Supporting Member States on preparations for the Entry Exit System entry into operation
  • Performing research studies (e.g., Green Deal and the European Border and Coast Guard; Technology Foresight Study; study on High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellites)
  • Organizing technical dialogues with industry


Publication date
6 October 2023
Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs