The European Commission has started negotiations to sign research contracts worth 324 million Euros with 108 successful space and security research consortia, in efforts to increase reliance on new technology for "strong border protection... the fight against terrorism and climate change."
108 successful projects have been short-listed from amongst 732 proposals received in the third of six planned calls for proposals under the Space and Security themes of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). They comprise 68 space and 40 security research projects. One of the space research projects under the FP7 is called the New European Watcher (NEWA). Drawing up a "sustainable road-map", the project outlines the use of radar satellites for European space-based Reconnaissance & Surveillance (R&S).