Call for proposals 2018 - Towards a European high power laser effector PADR-EF-2018 Closed!


In Europe, development programmes for single high power laser effectors do not go beyond power levels of 30 kW. Current European high power laser effectors rely mainly on non-European technology and are based on architectures that combine incoherent beams on the target.

The EU thus risks becoming fully dependent on suppliers established in non-EU countries for this critical defence technology. This not only limits the strategic autonomy of the Member States but also generates security-of-supply risks. End-user restrictions imposed by non-EU nations (e.g., the US International Traffic in Arms and Export Administration Regulations (ITAR and EAR)) already endanger the security-of-supply of essential components of such high power laser systems.

To remove such important limitations, a research and technological development (R&T) programme, later on followed by a development phase, needs to be initialised to design and build a European high power laser effector, to become available for defence applications within the next decade.


This call covers the following topics:

  • PADR-EF-02-2018: Towards a European high power laser effector

The Expected Impact is:

  • Convincing demonstration of the potential of EU-funded research in support of EU critical defence technologies, in particular in the domain of high power laser effectors;
  • Establish a R&D assessment including a technology roadmap towards an EU High Power Laser Effector by 2027 with milestones and estimated budget needs;
  • Ensure secure and autonomous availability of high power laser effectors to military end-users by 2027;
  • Contribute to strengthening the European industry and help improve its global position through the implementation of innovative technologies along a new European manufacturing value chain.

European community funding

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

  • 5,40 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

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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