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fit4sec – Building European Consortia for Security Research

fit4sec is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the initiative “Deutsche Antragsteller fit für Europa” (German Applicants fit for Europe). As the “Centre of Excellence for Security and Technology” (2013-2016) the project aimed to pool the expertise in the German security sector and to improve the initial position of German enterprises (in particular SMEs) for participating in European security research projects. Since 2017 the project – Building European Consortia for Security Research (,,Aufbau Europäischer Konsortien für die Sicherheitsforschung”) – serves as a community and technological-information sharing platform, specifically affording German participants necessary coping mechanisms to better support quality end-user orientation in European security research (Horizon 2020 and FP9).

The core team of fit4sec comprises the IABG in Ottobrunn and Berlin, Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) in Potsdam, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin and the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich (UniBwM) – in new conjunction with the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW), the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW).

Project descriptions from the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (in German):

The findings on the key topics “security education” and “societal resilience” in the field of civil security were published as follows: