Call for proposals 2020 - Counter Unmanned Air Systems (UASs) capabilities EDIDP-CUAS-2020 Closed!


Due to the growing threat of a wide range of UAVs (including consumer mini-drones increasingly used for defence purposes), the need to develop active and passive countermeasures against armed and intelligence gathering UASs has been identified to increase force protection, critical infrastructure resilience, and information security. Emphasis needs to be placed on defence products with an inherent modularity, scalability and interoperability in design including Command and Control (C2) and decision support capabilities in order to cover applications ranging from protection of individual soldier, vehicle and command post to protection of larger critical infrastructure, including in urban areas


The proposals must cover one or more of the following activities: study, design, prototyping or testing of the proposed solution, not excluding downstream activities.
These activities must in particular cover one or more of the following:

  • feasibility studies, capability gaps analysis, CONOPS definition, system specification, preliminary requirements review (PRR) and architecture definition;
  • studies about promising technologies that nowadays have a technology readiness too low to successfully integrate and deploy in the field;
  • detailed design of the system, including the System Requirements Review (SRR), the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR);
  • Prototyping;
  • Testing, qualification and certification in relevant operational scenarios.

This call covers the following topics:

  • EDIDP-CUAS-2020: Capabilities to detect, classify, track, identify and/or counter UASs in defence scenarios

European community funding

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

  • 13,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 01 December 2020 - 10 months 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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