Call for proposals on Organised Crime

Identifier: ISF-2023-TF2-AG-OC
Pillar: –
Opening Date:
Deadline: Tue, 12 Mar 2024 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Modification Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2024

Latest information:

The presentation of the info session can be found here.

Please find here a link to the recording of the information session of 26 January 2024.

Here are the answers to the questions raised during the session: 

 Q1: Is the template already available to download online? 

 A1: All the submission forms are provided on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal. 

 Q2: As the country of establishment for International Organizations is not an eligibility criteria, this would mean that the minimum members of the consortium would need to be IO+ 2 Beneficiaries form 2 different countries? 

 A2: Indeed; as mentioned on page 19 of the call text, “the rules on eligible countries do not apply to international organisations. International organisations can participate as beneficiaries regardless of their geographical location. However, being based in an eligible country does not contribute to the fulfilment of the minimum number of eligible countries required in the eligibility criteria related to the consortium composition”. 

 Q3: Is it possible to apply myself for the call OC and be also co-leader for another application? A3: Yes, there are no restrictions on the limit of proposals you can submit under the same call. 

 Q4: How do we need to see this different focus areas’ cause some are really on the commodity but it was just told that a wide scope on all fields is what you are looking for and that attacking the criminal structures need to be included, but the drug/THB focus are then more on the commodity…

 A4:  Projects need to work towards dismantling organised crime and its business models. Since we focus on the networks as such, we only highlighted two crime-specific areas, where a specific focus is permitted. The other 4 priorities should relate to the network-, not commodity-based approach. Ideally, projects should be in line with more than one focus area. 

 Q5: In which cases the full cost of equipment is eligible? 

 A5:  The call text refers to “depreciation + full cost for listed equipment” (p. 25). “Listed equipment” means (the list of) all the items of equipment that you consider to be falling under full cost and not under the depreciation rule. 

If the equipment is a direct cost, then the general rule is the depreciation cost, i.e. the Commission only pays for the use during the lifetime of the project (therefore another good alternative is to rent). This derives from the general eligibility rule (costs must be linked to the action, incurred during the duration, and be of best value for money). However, in some specific case, the Commission derogates from the general rule and envisages in the call text to reimburse the full purchase price. 

It can be the case that buying equipment is essential for the project, and sometimes is the main purpose of the project: for example, when the project aims as setting up investigation facilities, or at building capacities. It is possible that the project aims at setting up an IT investigation department, where all sorts of equipment might have to be bought to run the project. Therefore, applications using this possibility have to explain it well in the description of action because it will have to be assessed against the award criteria (relevance, quality, impact). In practice the application will have to include a list of each equipment where a derogation from the depreciation rule is requested, together with a reason why this is requested. 

If the project is awarded, the list will be copied into the grant agreement, and only the equipment actually listed in the grant agreement will be eligible (every change of this list will imply an amendment of the grant agreement).

 Q6: In the call ISF-2023-TF2-AG-OC it is mentioned that entities from third countries can be involved in a consortium only as associated partners (therefore with no budget allocated directly). During today’s info session on the call, If I understood correctly, it was briefly mentioned that the costs related to the activities conducted by associated partners could be attributed to the budget of the partner to which the associated partner is linked. Is that correct? And if so, how should be these costs justified in the budget section of the proposal? 

 A6:         Indeed, entities from third countries cannot apply as beneficiaries for the grant under this particular call. They can join the project consortium (composed of at least 2 legal entities from 2 different Member States) as associated partners, i.e. entities that implement the action tasks but without receiving EU funding. Projects under this call could implement activities related to third countries (see “target countries” listed on page 12 of the call text) but without having entities from such third countries as beneficiaries of the grant (meaning those who receive the EU funding). If related to the action, the costs for the activities related to such third countries could be incurred by the beneficiaries and could be considered as eligible provided they meet all eligibility conditions set out in the article 6.1 of the grant agreement.  

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Information session Call for proposals on Organised Crime (ISF-2023-TF2-AG-OC) and the Call for proposals on Protection of Public Spaces (ISF-2024-TF2-AG-PROTECT).

The European Commission, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs will organise on 26 January 2024 at 9.30 an online information session on the Call for Proposals on Organised  Crime (ISF-2023-TF2-AG-OC) and the Call for proposals on Protection of Public Spaces (ISF-2024-TF2-AG-PROTECT).

The event will take place via Webex, will last for approximately 2.5 hours and will give more information about both call priorities as well as the legal and administrative aspects relevant for the application process. The agenda is as follows:

·        09.30 09.45: Welcome and introductory information

·        09.45 10.45:  Legal, financial and administrative aspects

·        10.45 11.00: Break

·        11.00 12.30: Policy aspects: background, objectives, priorities and activities

o   11.00 – 11.40 Organised crime call

o   11.40 – 12.30 Protection of Public Spaces call

The Organised Crime call for proposals is open until 12 March 2024 and all the eligibility criteria can be found in the call document and the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal.

During this info session, no questions and answers is foreseen. All questions can be sent to the functional mailbox at  or via the chat during the event. The answers will be posted later on the Funding and Tenders Opportunities Portal along with the recording of the session.

You can join the meeting via the following link:  https://ecconf.webex.com/ecconf/j.php?MTID=m1bd87ce5dedd1cf3978061afbf15b57e

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Meeting number (access code): 2741 332 3658

Meeting password: zrAVMWf?324 (97286930 from phones)

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