Call for proposals 2018 - The european defence research runway PADR-STF-2018 Closed!


Technology non dependence is an essential parameter of the strategic autonomy and freedom of action of the EU Member States. Uninterrupted supply from trusted sources of key materials, including raw materials, components and technologies for critical armament systems is fundamental for the reliable use of military capabilities when and where needed. Trusted supply without limitations from non EU countries regarding the use or export is also essential for the competitiveness of the EU defence industry, allowing competing in global markets with technological solutions that do not have to respect third parties conditions.

This action should aim to provide an effective way for tackling the issue of the critical defence technological dependencies for the EU regarding current and future systems and capabilities.


The action needs to address at least the following activities:

  1. Mapping of the ITAR and other non EU sourced components and materials in the systems developed by the EU industry and used and to be used by the EU armed forces. The mapping should cover the dependencies in the full spectrum of the value chain, possibly down to the raw material sourcing;
  2. Identify critical technology building blocks and possibly components for future systems and disruptive capabilities for which European technology non-dependence will be crucial. The activity should be based on the results of the European Defence Technology Runway Part I on future trends and aim to identify the major technical challenges in these critical areas for which non-dependence will be crucial;
  3. Develop a methodology to assess the supply risk of technologies and components of point a) and b) and their criticality for armed forces and the defence industry. Such methodology should be established in consultation with ministries of defence and the defence industry;
  4. Prepare technology roadmaps, ideally including cost substantiated predictions, and suggest business models for selected technologies, taking into account supply risk and criticality. An assessment of the scientific, technological and manufacturing readiness of the European ecosystem should be included. This activity should also propose actions in line with the technology roadmaps and suggested business models.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,90 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 28 June 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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