BMBF Call for Proposals: International Disaster and Risk Management (IKARIM) Grant Program

Deadline: 15 December 2017

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced the International Disaster and Risk Management (IKARIM) call for proposals within the “Research for Civil Security 2012-2017” that aims to transfer know-how and to form international partnerships for disaster risk management.

The focus is on innovative, application-oriented co-operation projects that contribute to population protection, disaster prevention and the protection of critical infrastructures as well as the development of early warning systems in selected african and asian countries. Experts of both Germany and the respective country are requested coooperate within the collaborative projects.

The goal is to develop solutions for specific national challenges making use of relevant experiences of German security research. The collaborative projects are to be carried out jointly by science, business and practitioners. Cross-border inter- and trans-disciplinary cooperation is expected.

Grant Information

The maximum support for a definition project is € 60,000.

Research Topics

  • Disaster prevention and coping
    • Concepts for major damage situations, including aspects such of evacuation, emergency planing, mass incidents of injured persons,
    • Supply concepts for the population,
    • Concepts for specifically vulnerable populations,
    • Increasing resilience of the population e. g. by providing information, creating risk awareness, and increasing self-sufficiency
    • Concepts of involving population and volunteers in disaster preparedness and management,
    • Protection and enhancement of the resilience of critical infrastructures, priorization of critical services,
    • Innovative early warning including remote sensing and geological sensing,
    • Data management and information systems for disaster prevention,
    • Analysis of partnering countries´ disaster prevention systems, concepts for improving cooperation between relevant stakeholders,
    • Development of prediction and risk models, potential disaster scenarios and indicators, including the use of globally available information from surveying and measurement data as well as past damage events,
    • Risk analyses with regard to cascading effects, urbanization, regional, local and seasonal conditions, vulnerability monitoring of specifically endangered areas, social and cultural aspects,
    • Contributions to the international compatibility of rescue and security systems,
    • Group-specific risk and crisis communication
  • Disaster management and restoration
    • Information and decision-support systems for operation assessment, task communication and coordination, cross-organizational networking and cooperation,
    • Fast and comprehensive situation awareness (satelite, air and ground based),
    • Technical operation support e. g. by means of autonomous rescue systems, sensors for locating and rescue of missing persons, access control, detection of hazard substances,
    • Logistical support (e. g. mobility and supply of operational forces),
    • Resource management and control,
    • Protective and technically supportive equipment for operational forces,
    • Alert and crisis communication with the population and experts including the use of modern IT such as social networks or mobile devices,
    • Prevention of spreading of infectious diseases,
    • Concepts for reconstruction after disasters,
    • Insurability and risk transfer,
    • Analysis of current and past disaster events, including best practice evaluations for the improvement of future disaster preparedness.

Focus Countries

The focus of this grant is on the following selected African and Asian countries:

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply via given website.

For more information, please visit BMBF.

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