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Europe CBRN Centres of Excellence Seeking Proposals

The Centres of Excellence on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN CoE) risk mitigation is a European Union Initiative that is being implemented jointly by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. The main aim of the Initiative is to facilitate regional cooperation to enhance CBRN policies and capabilities.

The Initiative has issued a Call for Proposals to seek competent national or international not-for-profit partner organizations for the implementation of projects within the framework of the CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative. Projects are planned for specific geographic areas and include (with estimated program costs):

Identification and Strengthening of Forensic Capabilities in prevention of organized crime and trafficking of chemical agents (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina) € 640,000

Building capacity to identify and respond to threats from CBRN substances (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia) €160,000

Biosafety and Biosecurity Risk Management knowledge development and transfer of best practices (South East Asia, South East Europe, the Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine, African Atlantic Façade, North Africa) €1,920,000

Inter-agency CBRN response knowledge development and transfer of best practices (South East Asia and South East Europe, the Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine) €960,000

CBRN import/export monitoring knowledge development and transfer of best practices (African Atlantic Façade, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia) €1,440,000

Chemical and Biological Waste Management knowledge development and transfer of best practices (South East Asia) €480,000

Biosafety and Biosecurity guidelines, procedures and standardisation (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, The Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia) €1,200,000

Prerequisites to strengthening CBRN national legal frameworks (Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia) € 800,000

National Response Plan in Lebanon for CBRN Events (Lebanon) €160,000

Development of e-learning courses for CBRN risk mitigation (International) €400,000

Promoting good practice and inter-agency procedures for assessing the risks of CBRN misuse (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan) €1,920,000

Sharing experience between EU and South East Asian countries on the reinforcement of Legislation and regulations in the field of Biosafety and Biosecurity (Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam) €320,000

Capacity building and raising awareness for identifying and responding to threats from CBRN materials in Sub Saharan African countries (Sub-Saharan Africa) €320,000

Provision of specialized and technical training to enhance the first response capabilities (South East Europe, the Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine) €400,000

Strengthening laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity through development of a laboratory isobank system (Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand) €480,000

Supporting development of an integrated national nuclear security system (North Africa) €400,000

Establishing a National Response Plan in Ghana and Kenya for responding to unauthorized events involving CBRN materials (Ghana, Kenya) €240,000

International Network of universities and institutes for raising awareness on dual-use concerns in biotechnology (International) €400,000

Development of procedures and guidelines to create and improve secure information management systems and data exchange mechanisms for CBRN materials under regulatory control (International)  €400,000

A full list of project requirements and application details is available at the CBRN CoE Call for Proposals site. The application deadline is April 15, 2012.

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