EU research

First call for proposals under the Frontex research grants programme


The first Call for Proposals for granting funds under the Frontex Research Grants Programme has now been published and is dedicated to small-scale research projects on novel technologies for border management. The aim of the call with a budget of 250 000 euros is to foster and support EU’s research and innovation on a broad range of technologies relevant for the European Border and Coast Guard community, including:

  • technologies for border checks;
  • technologies for border surveillance and situational awareness;
  • technologies for information and communication management and data analytics;
  • simulation tools;
  • technologies for standing corps and logistic support;
  • advanced technologies for environmentally sustainable systems and operations;
  • disruptive, emerging and key enabling technologies.

Research organisations and academic institutions can easily submit proposals for research projects lasting between 6 and 12 months and requesting Frontex a co-funding not exceeding 60 000 EUR to reimburse up to 90% of the eligible project’s direct costs. Applications are welcome from both single entities and consortia of up to four co-applicants and should reach Frontex no later than Sunday, 5 March 2023 12:00 (CET). Minimum administrative workload is foreseen for the beneficiaries of the grants, thanks to a simplified funding scheme based on lump sum costs.

This call for proposals and all its annexes (including the application forms) are available for downloading on the Frontex webpage. For a quick overview, we encourage perspective applicants to read the Call for Proposals Factsheet.

For further information about the programme, please contact: