Announcement Bilateral Call for Proposals Cyber Security

May 17, 2017

DHS S&T Cyber Security Division, Netherlands Counterparts Announce Bilateral Funding Call 
Program will fund joint U.S.-Dutch Research Teams 

On May 17, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research’s (NWO) Science domain and the Ministry of Security & Justice, together with the Cyber Security Division (CSD) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced the opening of their bilateral call for proposals. Approximately €2.4 million is being made available for research projects in the field of Cyber Security as part of this joint U.S. – Netherlands Cyber Security Research Program. The research will be conducted jointly by researchers from the United States and the Netherlands.

fltr: Douglas Maughan, Jan Piet Barthel and Raymond Doijen (photo Paul Voorham)

The call was opened during the International One conference in The Hague by Douglas Maughan, CSD Director, Raymond Doijen, NCSC Head of Cyber Security Expertise and Advice and Jan Piet Barthel, NWO Program Manager Cyber ​​Security Research. The purpose of this new program is to strengthen cooperation between leading researchers in cyber security based in the two participating countries.

Patricia Zorko, Ministry of Security and Justice director Cyber Security: “With this joint call we reaffirm our joint mission to foster stronger research links between The Netherlands and the U.S., and strengthen collaboration between our nations’ best cyber security researchers. We can only address the challenges we face now and in the future by investing in our shared knowledge. The NCSC is very proud to have DHS and NWO as partners in this field.”

“Cybersecurity concerns do not stop at national borders. This new international bilateral agreement recognizes this reality by funding joint U.S.-Dutch research teams to develop capabilities that will benefit both countries,” said DHS Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin. “This bilateral call is a significant step forward in CSD's partnership program with international cybersecurity organizations,” said Maughan. “We are excited because this first-of-its-kind funding will bring about cooperative partnerships between U.S.-based and Netherlands-based researchers, bringing a truly global perspective to an international concern: the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and networks.”

The program’s research will focus on two areas:

  • Industrial Control Systems / Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems and
  • Distributed Denial of Service attacks and the Domain Name Systems.


Jan Piet Barthel: “The global challenges of cyber security, the appreciation of the research community and the pilot results achieved, convinced us to continue and strengthen our valuable partnership with DHS-CSD by creating a new joint call.”

Half of the available program budget of €2.4 million will be made available by NWO and the Ministry of Security & Justice, with the other half being made available by DHS S&T CSD. The program is expected to provide funding for five research proposals.

Bilateral research teams interested in submitting a proposal can do so at their national point of contact for this call – NWO for Dutch applicants and DHS for U.S. applicants. The submission deadline is August 31, 2017, 14:00 CET (08:00 EDT).

More information about the call can be found here.

Source: NWO

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