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SMEInst-13-2016-2017 - Engaging SMEs in security research and development

To engage small and medium enterprises in innovation activities in the domain of security, especially those not traditionally involved in it, and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding.

The actions under this topic should cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for ""secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens"" (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Specific programme):

7.1. Fighting crime, illegal trafficking and terrorism, including understanding and tackling terrorist ideas and beliefs

7.2. Protecting and improving the resilience of critical infrastructures, supply chains and transport modes

7.3. Strengthening security through border management

7.4. Improving cyber security - As from January 2017, actions addressing this aspect are encouraged to take into account the objectives of the Cybersecurity contractual Public-Private Partnership [[]] and the corresponding Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

7.5. Increasing Europe's resilience to crises and disasters

7.6. Ensuring privacy and freedom, including in the Internet, and enhancing the societal legal and ethical understanding of all areas of security, risk and management

7.7. Enhancing standardisation and interoperability of systems, including for emergency purposes

7.8. Supporting the Union's external security policies, including through conflict prevention and peace-building