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The IFAFRI R&D repository collects and provides information on ongoing and past research projects that focus on innovative first responder technology and concepts. The technology and concepts are linked to the IFAFRI 10 common capability gaps.

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IFAFRI‘S R&D repository is a repository for academia, industry and government representatives to be informed about R&D activities for first responders financed and executed by different stakeholders worldwide. 

The listed projects will be linked to the IFAFRI 10 common global capability gaps. The database will show government representatives at which gaps lots of R&D is ongoing or has been finished. On the other hand, SME’s could pick up innovative concepts from open public R&D projects and develop market-ready solutions. The repository will only collect a minimum of data and will not duplicate existing databases if your project is already listed in a database, e.g. CORDIS; please fill only the mandatory fields and link the project to the original database. The submission process takes, on average, 3 min.


Biological hazards such as MRSA ("hospital germ") and Ebola endanger emergency forces. For their safety, the DEFERM project targets biological hazard management.

New pathogens heighten the risk for future outbreaks. Ebola, MRSA and the Corona virus underline how highly transmissible and resistant viruses can constrain decontamination. They cause large sample sizes, are difficult to disinfect from the surroundings and easily cross borders. First responders and societies thus face new risks. In order to protect them better, the whole decontamination process is currently being studied in the French-German research project DEFERM.
As part of this project a novel qPCR-detection system is being developed. It will be automated so that it may be used to analyse multiple samples for up to 12 pathogens in parallel and within 45 minutes. The results will allow first-responders to choose their decontamination set-up accordingly. Disinfection steps target resistant and contagious pathogens and are designed to be deployed in a contactless manner. Enriched by an analysis of crisis management in France and Germany, the project is expected to strengthen international cooperation in the face of novel pandemics.



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