CoU becomes CERIS

As the first work programmes under the EU Framework for Research and Innovation called Horizon Europe approach their completion, the Community of Users underwent a much needed revision: Please welcome the Community of European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS). The objectives of CERIS are:


  • To analyse identified capability needs and gaps in the corresponding areas
  • To identify solutions available to address the gaps
  • To translate capability gaps and potential solutions into research needs
  • To identify funding opportunities and synergies between different funding instruments
  • To identify standardisation needs
  • To integrate the views of citizens


The related web platform is currently under development. Until then the announcements will still be published on the usual CoU website.



Featured event

Further to discussions held in March 2018 about possible links among the Community of Users (CoUs) and national initiatives and networks, the “Community of European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS)” is now exploring how such links (with existing or envisaged initiatives) could be established in practice within the Strengthened Security Re

Virtual Meeting

This DG HOME CERIS workshop will focus on the European critical infrastructure protection highlighting present policy developments in the field. Topical elements, such as the hybrid conceptual model and key factors in countering hybrid threats, will also be presented.


In the domain of civil security, public procurement can be a catalyst for the uptake of innovative solutions. Nevertheless, traditional procurement schemes do not always incentivise the acquisition of innovation, and the risk perceived by public buyers when investing in new technology solutions is high.

The European Commission has launched a market study which aims to produce a sound overview of the situation of the civil security market in the EU.

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