Commissioning: Second Broad Topic Solicitation

2016 CREST Commissioning


Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats

Following our successful 2015 commissioning programme, CREST is again seeking to identify and fund innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats, or enhance the UK’s capacity to detect and mitigate such threats. Individual researchers and research teams in academic institutions, research organisations, SMEs, and industry are eligible for commissioning funds.

Successful applicants will become part of CREST’s larger research programme, benefiting from resources for translating and communicating evidence for impact, and opportunities for sustained interaction with the user community.

Topic focus

Applicants should propose a programme of work that addresses one of the following topics:

  • Behaviour change
  • Information disclosure in online/virtual environments
  • Information disclosure across contexts
  • Enhancing long-term memory for complex events
  • Assessing the health of a relationship
  • Measuring rapport
  • Security and discretion
  • Investigative decision making under pressure
  • Making decisions about information value
  • Scenario planning and prediction
  • Terrorist and counter-terrorist actions and decisions
  • Impact of organisational change on counterproductive work behaviour
  • Indirect assessment and risk management
  • Individual differences in the adoption and use of new technology

Please see the Call Specification for more details on each topic.

Types of proposals and duration

Applicants are invited to propose one of two kinds of activity to address a requirement. Short projects, which should last no more than 6 months, and long projects, lasting no more than 12 months. Both forms of activity may include workshops or other innovative dissemination activity that have a clear objective and offer more than what might reasonably occur at existing conferences or meetings.

Details of successful applications from the 2015/2016 commissioning round are available on the CREST website here:


The total amount available for this Call will be up to £900,000 at 100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC), of which 80 per cent fEC (i.e., up to £720,000) will be made available to successful applicants.

CREST will not reimburse costs associated with the development or submission of a proposal.


Applications must be submitted by 10:00 GMT on 31st January 2017.

More information

Please download the call specification and CREST Subaward Terms from the following page:

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