The continuous transformations in the global and European geopolitical and economic landscape as the Covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine, international economic disputes, foreign interference, and disinformation highlight the importance of protection of critical technologies and infrastructures in the European Union.
Security aspects of EU-funded research are crucial and the European Commission is constantly working to adapt to new geopolitical and technological realities and to address evolving challenges.
Since Horizon Europe, all actions funded under the Research and Innovation programme must comply with the applicable security rules and with the rules on the protection of classified information against unauthorized disclosure.
The security appraisal of Horizon Europe funded projects is led by the European Commission Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME). The objective is to identify security issues that may arise from research and the potential misuse of research results and to address them via appropriate mitigation measures. The procedure consists of three main pillars: the security self-assessment by the applicants, the screening performed by the granting authority and the Commission and, where needed, the security scrutiny carried out with the national security experts.
The security appraisal in Horizon Europe is also one of the tools supporting the implementation of the European Economic Security Strategy adopted in June which aims to strengthen the European Union Strategic Autonomy and securing Europe's technological edge in sectors related to research and innovation.
- Publication date
- 6 October 2023
- Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs