Project partners

ARKEMA Inovative Chemistry

A global chemical company and France´s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials.

With operations in more than 40 countries, 14,000 employees and seven research centers, Arkema generates annual revenue of €5.5 billion and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands. The world is our inspiration.

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CEA encompasses 15000 people organized in 4 divisions: Nuclear energy, Military applications, Fundamental research (material sciences and life sciences) and Technological research (micro-nanotechnologies, systems integration and software intensive systems, new technologies for energy).

CEA assists, as a public technical body, the French public authorities in the fight against proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (assessing the threat, monitoring the international treaties) and terrorism (threat assessment and first response).

At the national level, on the request of French authorities, CEA has been conducting since 2005 the national CBRN-E R&D program which addresses all terrorist threats. CEA is, in connection with French academic partners, the leading institution performing R&D actions, aiming at achieving innovative detection technologies and developing new diagnosis and therapeutic means against CBRN-E threats

FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency

FOI is an assignment-based authority under the Swedish Ministry of Defence. The core activities are research, method and technology development, as well as studies for the use of defence and security.


The organisation employs around 1000 people of whom around 850 are researchers (2011). This makes FOI the largest research institute in Sweden.


FOI provides its customers with leading expertise in a large number of fields such as security-policy studies and analyses in defence and security, assessment of different types of threats, systems for control and management of crises, protection against and management of hazardous substances, IT-security and the potential of new sensors.


Inscentinel  ltd

Inscentinel is a British company developing novel vapour detectors for detecting a wide range of substances from trace levels of explosives and drugs to contaminants in food.

The detector houses trained honeybees whose response to odours in the air is monitored electronically, combining the ease of use of an electronic sensor with the high sensitivity and specificity of a biological system.

Honeybees can be trained to detect most volatile substances within hours. Our technology is sensitive (ppb to ppt level in the air) and agile; the same detector can be used to detect a brand new substance within days by training bees to this new substance.

Inscentinel has worked in collaboration with the US military and UK defence organisations to successfully demonstrate the ability of honeybees to detect a wide range of explosives.


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KCEM stands for the Competence Centre for Energetic Materials. KCEM is a network and a meeting centre for companies, universities, authorities and all persons within the Energetic Materials sector.

KCEM:s objectives are to:


- Support Education and Training of personnel from all levels and backgrounds.


- Support and initiate research at universities and other institutions.


- Perform actual development of Technologies, Production, Design and Education within Energetic Materials.


- Conduct Research Programmes.


- Be a forum for collaboration for companies, universities, authorities and other key actors interested in Energetic Materials.


KCEM was established by the Society of Energetic Material Interests

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For more than eight decades the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology has been Israel’s primary technological university and the largest centre of applied research. It is ranked among the leading technological universities in the world. Many innovations in all fields of science, technology, engineering and life sciences have their origins in research conducted at the Technion.
The Technion contributions to the growth of Israel’s agricultural industry, building and architecture, chemical and electronic industries, aerospace, energy, medicine and medical technology and biotechnology have been the most significant achievements that have brought Israel to the forefront of high-level technology, knowledge and innovations.

The Technion offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as Architecture, Medicine, Industrial Management and Environmental studies. Great emphasis is also placed on its humanities and social science programs, the incorporation of which take on ever-increasing importance in today’s multi-faceted workplace. But Technion’s goals go beyond providing a well-rounded technical education. At present there are approximately 12,800 students.

Technion researchers participated in 80 projects within FP5, 83 within FP6 and are currently participating in 83 FP7 projects.


TNO inovation for life

TNO is an independent research and development organisation whose expertise contributes to the competitiveness of companies and to the quality of society. TNO’s unique position since 1932 is based on the Dutch TNO Law and is attributable to its versatility, its in-depth knowledge and capacity to develop groundbreaking innovations.


TNO helps government and companies to enhance their knowledge in a broad range of security related issues. Supported by their defence expertise, TNO focuses on innovations that help to improve the performance of security tasks by individuals and small teams. Another area of research is improved observation methods and systems as well as the development of tools for enhanced crime scene investigation and law enforcement.


TNO also focuses on innovation of the environment - the layout of cities, tunnels, factories and residential districts can have a distinct impact on safety and security. Finally, TNO pays attention to policy innovation by providing insight into processes and their interrelationships to help third parties to balance societal risks against expensive (technological) measures.


SECRAB Security Research works with research and technology, mostly within public safety and security, i e in connection with the EU 7th Framework Program.


- Elaboration and planning of large projects, research applications. consortium forming, coordination and project management


- Scientific publications, reviews, seminars, conferences and symposia


- Analysis of safety and security problems


- Energetic materials. effects, detection and remediation of explosives, protection against effects


- Avanced rock blasting, underwater blasting and shaped charges


- Threat, Risk and Consequence Analysis, foremost in connection with energetic materials


- Protection of critical infrastructure against physical attack, explosives, fire


- Terrorism and counter-terrorism


We act as research and technology brokers for Security, Safety and Defence Research and Technology.


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Yara International ASA is the world’s leading chemical company that converts energy, natural minerals and nitrogen from the air into essential products for farmers and industrial customers. As the number one global supplier of mineral fertilizers, we help provide food and biomass which can be used for renewable energy for a growing world population. Our industrial product portfolio includes environmental protection agents that prevent air pollution. Our global workforce with about 7,600 employees represents the great diversity and knowledge that enables us to remain a leading performer in the industry. We are headquartered in Oslo with operations in more than 50 countries.

Our global activities range from phosphate mining and ammonia production, through commodity trade and energy arbitrage, to building local market knowledge and developing customer relationships. The backbone of the company’s operations was large-scale ammonia and fertilizer production in Europe, but in recent years new capacity has been added in regions with low-cost gas supplies; the Middle East and North Africa, Trinidad and Australia, today representing about 35 percent of Yara’s production volumes.

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Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (Wojskowy Instytut Higieny i Epidemiologii, WIHiE) is an independent, public, non-profit research and development entity, whose mission is to conduct research, prophylaxis, surveillance, training as well as providing expertise in the fields of hygiene, epidemiology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, radiobiology and radiation protection, applied and nutritional physiology and veterinary sciences with special emphasis on the study and mitigation of health hazards associated with the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents.

Currently WIHiE is involved in several research projects granted by various European organizations and NATO. Specialists from WIHiE have long been participating in the activities of NATO bodies involved in medical aspects of the defense against WMD, such as the Medical NBC Working Group, the RTO HFM Panel and its Task Groups: for Bio-Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation, and for Protection against the 3 kHz-300 GHz Electromagnetic Fields, the Biological Medical Advisory Committee (BioMedAC), and the two COMEDS’ groups: the Military Medical Protection Group (MMP) and the Hygiene, Technology, and Veterinary Service Working Group.


FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency
Department of Energetic Materials
Grindsjön Research Centre
SE-147 25 Tumba




Dr. Malin Kölhed

PREVAIL has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement No. 241858.