The evolution of the complex scenario concerning the different aspects of Security is reflected by the attention and interest of a growing audience of academic and industrial researchers towards SERIT (Security Research in Italy –, the Italian technological platform acting in security which gathers today more than 300 organizations and an increasing number of security experts that participate in all its activities.


SERIT, a joint initiative launched by CNR and Finmeccanica, brings together Italian industries (both large industries and SMEs), academia, research centers and end-users, in order to promote and develop a National Research Agenda to drive the future technological developments, while answering to the identified National Security needs. To this aim, SERIT has been originally structured in Leading-Sectors (representing the different area where Security needs to be investigated in Italy) and Technological Areas (identifying the technological priorities).


Within this role, SERIT aims to reinforce the networking among national researchers, industries, end-users and institution’s representatives, allowing them to cooperate on common interest projects, to activate public-private partnerships and to strengthen national and international participation to research programs (including National research/national cluster activities and Horizon 2020).


In line with the goals and the future issues of the European Commission, the platform has been recently restructured to be more compliant with the issues launched by Europe for the next Framework Programme Horizon 2020, by proposing a new mapping and an appropriate aggregation of the leading sectors as well as a definition of new technological areas that are compliant with those who are the main drivers of Europe, without losing the original features in the application domains that reflect the national needs in terms of Security.


Considering the fact that the first H2020 ‘calI for proposals’ might be launched in the beginning of 2014, it appears urgent to concentrate on the content aspects and to come up with some proposals towards the future European security research programme, in particular for the Work Programme 2014-2016.


Recalling the current preliminary state of H2020, this food for thought paper provides recommendations for the execution of the next phase of security research. These recommendations are drawn from conclusions and experiences gathered in SERIT Platform.


The purpose of this publication is to present and describe those national needs mapped according to the priorities identified by European Commission, in order to present a roadmap for future research activities and to propose a list of projects for the related developments, also identifying the lighthouse projects acting as main achievements in the corresponding areas.


In particular we refer to the last available proposals from Commission, Council and Parliament and the specific themes we addressed are:

III Societal challenges, 6a. Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

(a) fight crime and terrorism;

(b) protect and improve resilience of critical infrastructures;

(c) strengthen security through border management and maritime security;

(d) provide cyber security;

(e) increase Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters;

(f) enhance the societal dimension of security and ensure privacy and freedom in the Internet;

(g) support the Union’s internal and external security policies;

(h) strengthen security and the transformation of conflicts within third countries through conflict prevention, peace-building, dialogue, mediation and reconciliation and civilian security sector reform;

(i) enhance standardization and interoperability;

III Societal challenges, 3. Secure, clean and efficient energy

3.1.3. Foster European Smart cities and Communities

III Societal challenges, 5. Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

5.6. Cultural heritage