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The project will be based on several interconnected phases: Phase 1 - Definition, Phase 2 - RTD activities and Demonstration and Phase 3 - Assessment and Evaluation. Each phase is found under the work packages and is presented in a descending order. We will explain each phase in more detail in the work packages. The common denominator of each work package is that the work package leader is determined by the amount of expertise in that specific knowledge needed for creating added value to the result.


The EU contribution will take the form of a grant that will combine the reimbursement of:

  • 100% of the total eligible costs, with a maximum reimbursement of indirect costs of 7% of the direct eligible costs, of the consortium partners for the activities linked to the preparation, definition, management and coordination of the joint EWISA Call for Tender (CSA Phase 1 and 3)
  • 75% of the total eligible cost for the research and technological development activities charged by the providers of solutions to be tested, considering “Market failure and accelerated development” (CP Phase 2).
  • 100% of the total eligible costs, with a maximum reimbursement of indirect costs of 7% of the direct eligible costs, of the consortium partners for the activities linked to the final validation of the outcome of the execution phase (CSA Phase 3)

EWISA responds to the urgent need of deploying surveillance mechanisms supported by new more efficient technical equipment. The requirements associated to the target technologies and the limited (public) market foreseen for this governmental application, jointly with the fast implementation calendar, makes that “Market failure and accelerated development” are fully justified(particularly in a moment of economic downturn).

It’s known that, in order to reduce cross-border crime and the number of irregular immigrants entering the EU undetected, and to increase European security levels, European Council stated that the “the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) should become operational in the second half of 2013”. Additionally, the different technical components of EUROSUR need to be tested and validated among Member States (and Frontex) before making them operational.

In this context, EWISA will contribute to enhance the development of the European Security Strategy, allowing test and validate a specific component of EUROSUR: the common application of surveillance tools. As added value, the demonstrations inside EWISA are expected to take place in the context of Frontex-led joint operation, to provide the appropriate validation in a real life environment, with application specifically for land border surveillance.

By acting as technologically demanding validators (and possibly later potential first buyers), the responsible public authorities (a few, most represented in the proposing consortium) try to drive innovation from the demand side, in order to improving the quality and effectiveness of their law enforcement activities. Some of the required improvements are so technologically demanding that either no commercially stable solution exists yet on the market, or existing solutions exhibit shortcomings (when applied under actual operational conditions): for this reason they require validation and possibly new R&D.

In addition to the EU contribution, the partners will contribute directly to the research and technological development activities involved in the testing of new solutions. This means that the beneficiaries will contribute “on own resources” to the efforts to be done in phase 2 in order to complete the total amount of the contract to be implemented in Phase 2. Therefore, part of the EU contribution in Phase 2 associated to the efforts and assets incurred by the partners is anticipated to be possibly used to complete the 100% of the contract value. Nevertheless other options might be explored in order to cover the part of the contract which is not financed by the EC (e.g. combining different financing mechanisms, sharing costs with industry, etc.).