The Mediterranean and Black Sea region constitutes an international centre of economic and commercial development and transactions. At the same time, though, it is characterised by a very volatile and dynamically changing security environment that pose severe threats and challenges on the societies and prosperity in the wider area. The MEDEA proposal aspires to contribute to the establishment of more safe and secure societies throughout the Mediterranean and Black Sea region using research and innovation as a catalyst to promote collaboration between practitioners from diverse disciplines and countries. The MEDEA project, during its 60 months of implementation provides funding for four interrelated actions:
Establish and Operate the MEDEA network, which is a multi-disciplinary network of security practitioners, with active links to policy makers and users/providers of security innovations across the M&BS countries focusing in Border Protection and other Security- and Disaster-Related tasks. During the project duration, MEDEA members will engage in activities towards maintaining its sustainability and longevity after the financing of this project ends,
Engage participants in anticipatory governance on emerging security challenges that the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions would face in the coming years (present until +10 years), which concretely operationalizes the backbone of the project in a triple structure: i) understanding unsatisfactory state of play, ii) design the desirable future and iii) define a resilient pathway on how to achieve this,
Push for the “co-creation” of security technology and capabilities innovations between practitioners and innovation suppliers, which is based upon their evaluation and prioritization on multi-criteria analysis (technology, operational and cost-benefit, etc.) and also linked to Human Development, Policy Making and Organizational Improvements in-terms of facilitating its use by the practitioners and also suggestions for appropriate and transparent funding mechanisms, all leading to,
Establish and annually update the Mediterranean Security Research and Innovation Agenda (MSRIA), that identifies areas where security & defence research is needed (including the research needs that are not covered by civilian research) and the establishment of recommendations for European Security & Defence technology investments. It will constitute the common position of the Mediterranean practitioner’s for future call for proposals from European and National funding mechanisms.