European Commission call for proposals on drug policy

European Commission call for proposals on drug policy

The European Commission published a call for proposals 'Supporting initiatives in the field of drugs policy' in the framework of the 2016 Annual Work Programme of the Justice Programme.

The Justice Programme, which aims at contributing to the further development of a European area of justice, funds projects relating to drugs, in particular on policy coordination, judicial cooperation on drug-related issues, and new psychoactive substances. It has a budget of € 378 million.

Scope:

The objective of the topic to support initiatives in the field of drugs policy as regards judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects closely linked to the general objective of the Programme, in so far as they are not covered by the Instrument for financial support for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime, and crisis management, as part of the Internal Security Fund, or by the third Programme for the Union's action in the field of health (2014-2020).

The topic contributes to the effective and coherent application of EU law and aims at the support of development of new approaches in the area of drugs policies.

The priorities are:

• To promote practical application of drug-related research, and, in particular, addiction research with a view of addressing current challenges and new threats;

• To support civil society organisations by reinforcing their: (i) advocacy function, (ii) capacity to make a difference at the local level and (iii) best practice sharing methods;

• To further expand the knowledge base and develop innovative methods of addressing the phenomenon of new psychoactive substances

This call will fund activities on:

• data collection, surveys and research activities;

• training activities;

• mutual learning, network development, identification and exchange of good practices, cooperation;

• events, conferences, expert meetings;

• dissemination and awareness-raising activities.

Please note that the minimum threshold for project is of 250 000 EUR, and that all EU Member States can participate, except United Kingdom and Denmark (not part of the Justice Programme).

The deadline for submission of applications is 18 October at 17:00 (Brussels time). The detailed description of the call and the manual for applicants in the Participant Portal is at:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/just/topics/21067-just-2016-ag-drug.html

or through a link on the website of Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs:

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/financing/fundings/drug-policy-initiatives/index_en.htm.