Pre-Call Commissioning Announcement


The following pre-call commissioning announcement will be followed by a full Call Specification on 8 December 2015. A PDF version of this Pre-Call is available here.



Broad Topic Solicitation

The UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats wishes to commission a programme of research that addresses some of the current threats to national and international security. This announcement alerts potential applicants to the forthcoming Call Specification and accompanying guidelines, which will be made available on 8 December 2015.

The Call will be open to Higher Education Institutions, Research Organisations, charities, commercial companies, and individuals from the UK and overseas, who can demonstrate a capability to deliver a high-quality programme of research.  Applicants will be invited to submit proposals for workshops, short projects (<6 months), or longer projects (12 months) that address areas of both theoretical and practical importance. In some cases the focus of the call will be on synthesizing existing research [S], while on others there will be an opportunity to propose original research [R]. Original research is understood broadly to include case studies, and all forms of qualitative and quantitative analysis, including proof-of-concept studies and methodological developments. Indicative topics are:

  • Creativity, innovation and learning by terrorists (e.g., in ideology, techniques and/or targeting) [S, R]
  • How those engaged in hostile activity (e.g., crime, espionage, terrorism) conceive and manage their own security, and how they make risk judgments about the actions they wish to take [S, R]
  • Diasporas’ understanding of, and reaction to, conflict in their countries of origin [S, R]
  • Post-conflict resilience, transition, and rebuilding among individuals, communities and groups [S, R]
  • Conspiracy theories, particularly how they spread through networks and how this differs across cultures and communities [S]
  • The security implications of cross-cultural and generational differences in the adoption of virtual platforms [S, R]
  • How the effect of established influence and interpersonal skills changes in modern communication channels [R]
  • Development of evidence-based, novel and effective measures of rapport in a variety of settings [R]
  • Best practices for culturally or context sensitive communication for gaining cooperation [S, R]
  • How to best support the resilience and welfare of undercover officers in a variety of contexts [S, R]
  • How individuals and teams make sense of incomplete data (e.g., in complex and fast-moving investigations), and what techniques could help [R]
  • Factors that hinder or support the effectiveness of multi-agency and/or multi-disciplinary team-working [S, R]
  • How to get employees to develop a security-savvy mindset (values, beliefs, attitudes) as has been achieved with, e.g., safety culture, in order to promote good security behaviours in the workplace [S, R]
  • Individual and social factors that moderate first line responders’ effectiveness. How do first line responders best engage people who want to report information? [S, R]
  • Individual differences in people’s ability to spot subtle changes in a variety of environments, including rarely occurring or well hidden objects [S]

Please be aware these indicative topics may change in the Call Specification

It is intended that the total amount available for this Call will be up to £1.2m at 100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC), of which 80 per cent will be made available to successful applicants. The work should commence 1 April 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The deadline for submitting proposals will be 5 February 2016.

The Call Specification and full details on the application process will be made available at: