Research and Innovation Working Group

The Research and Innovation Working Group focuses on defining and promoting strategic R&I priorities tackling needs and gaps across the various security domains. It also contributes to shaping future development of security solutions by facilitating its members’ participation to ongoing EU-security related programmes.

POLICY ACTIVITIES AND OBJECTIVES

The Working Group’s core objectives include:

  • Promote the European security industry and research community in general, and the interests of the members of EOS R&I WG in particular.
  • Enhance EOS’ role as the voice of the security industry and research community in Europe, especially towards EU Institutions.
  • Define strategic priorities for R&I in the security sector, across the different domains.
  • Encourage the funding of security research, innovation and development.
  • Monitor and influence relevant policies and initiatives, including but not limited to, Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, Internal Security Fund, Integrated Border Management Fund.
  • Exploit synergies with other sectors, in particular the digital, aerospace and defence ecosystems.
  • Promote European technologies in critical application domains. Screen and monitor new technology trends relevant for security, such as Artificial Intelligence.
  • Encourage dialogue between the Industry, Research Community, end-users and policymakers to ensure coherence between R&I activities to actual capabilities to be procured.
  • Act as a brokerage platform, facilitating the exchange of information among members and the building of project consortia.

REPRESENTATION IN RELEVANT EXPERT GROUPS

EOS’ Research and Innovation Working Group engages directly with the European Commission, European Parliament, European Council, EU Agencies and Bodies as well as international organisations, national authorities and end-users.

WORKING GROUP CONTACTS

  • Co-Chair: Sandra Mezzadri (IABG)
  • Co-Chair: Isto Mattila (LAUREA)
  • Vice-Chair: Menouer Boubekeur (UTRC)
  • EOS Coordinator: Juliette Vieillevigne
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