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Enhancing tools and capabilities to fight advanced forms of cyber threats and cyber-dependent crimes

This call aims to increase the protection of citizens from cybercrime by developing tools and enhancing the capabilities of Police Authorities.


Publication date
4 August 2023
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
23 November 2023, 17:00 (CET)
Level of funding
EU level




As cyber-attacks, like ransomware and distributed denial of service, grow more sophisticated, law enforcement must adopt comprehensive strategies to understand the various elements contributing to these attacks. Given the cross-border nature of cybercrimes, cooperative, joint actions are necessary, and traditional single-force investigations may not be sufficient. To address this complexity, cutting-edge investigative approaches, secure information sharing mechanisms, and enhanced reporting mechanisms for cyber-dependent criminal activities are vital.

Activities/actions supported

The most relevant activity supported under this call is the development of training curricula for Police Authorities, prosecutors and judicial actors on major contemporary cybercriminal activities. It additionally supports the development of a modular toolbox, the detection of cybercrimes perpetuated using cryptocurrencies, and the development of multistakeholder strategies.

Anticipated outcomes

The project aims to contribute to the strengthening of Policy Authority responses to cybercrime and increase the protection of citizens from the advancing forms of cybercrime.

Institution providing the funding

European Commission

Size of funding




Overview of eligibility criteria

To be eligible, applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) established in one of the eligible countries, listed in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes.

Overview of award criteria

The award criteria are the following:

  • Excellence (5 points)
  • Impact (5 points)
  • Quality and efficiency of the implementation (5 points)

Maximum points: 15 points. Overall threshold: 10 points.



Application procedures

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section).

Application support available

For further help, please refer to the Online Manual on the Funding & Tenders Portal, as well as the Horizon Europe Programme Guide, which contains the detailed guidance to the structure, budget and political priorities of Horizon Europe.


Useful links

Link to funding opportunity

Link to the programme for more info