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EU funding for disaster management

03 December 2021

EU funding supports activities leading to improved disaster prevention and preparedness, shared knowledge and expertise, good practices and networking, and research and innovation in disaster management

Union Civil Protection Mechanism: Prevention and Preparedness Projects in Civil Protection

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) co-finances projects that support UCPM Member and Participating States’ efforts in the field of disaster prevention and preparedness.  

Funding opportunities are available through calls for proposals helping civil protection authorities and their partners develop actions for disaster risk management in the areas of: 

  • Prevention and preparedness for cross-border risks and for maritime emergencies including their impacts at-sea and on shore 

  • Single country grants for disaster risk management 

Through this funding, the EU facilitates cooperation between the 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, the Republic of North Macedonia and Turkey for: 

  • protecting people, the environment, property and cultural heritage against disasters 

  • increasing the level of disaster preparedness and responding to emergencies quickly and efficiently. 

Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network - Network Partnership

Knowledge Network Partnership projects strengthen the role of the Knowledge Network as an inclusive platform of shared knowledge and expertise, good practices and networking. 

This funding has two main goals: 

  • To support civil protection and disaster risk management actors in the EU and the wider Neighbourhood that promote and facilitate the development, dissemination and exchange of knowledge, good practices and expertise. 

  • To support new and consolidate existing partnerships in civil protection and disaster risk management that enhance cooperation and synergies in prevention, preparedness and response. 

Knowledge Network Partnership projects demonstrate readiness and capacity to form new or to expand already existing partnerships for the purpose of producing, sharing and disseminating knowledge, good practices, expertise and innovative approaches across the risk management cycle.  

A multinational and collaborative approach creates linkages and synergies to strengthen networking and contribute to building formal and informal partnerships. These networks and partnerships can bring about the collection and sharing of knowledge, develop and exchange good practices, and encourage research and innovation with a benefit to many civil protection and disaster risk management actors.

Information on funding

KN Projects
Union Civil Protection Mechanism funding
Prevention and Preparedness Projects in Civil Protection Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network - Network Partnership
Horizon Europe: a disaster-resilient society for Europe
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. Activities to support disaster-resilient societies are funded through its funding cluster for civil security for society.