Call for proposals 2021 - Open call addressing disruptive technologies for defence EDF-2021-OPEN-RDIS Open!


The development of new defence products and services very often relies on incremental improvements of existing ones leading to a higher performance or more efficient operation of established capabilities. However, technologies are emerging that could – when used in a military context – radically change the balance of military power between opponents. Such disruptive technologies for defence then lead to game-changing shifts in military paradigms. Exploring innovative technologies for defence use is thus essential to alter or maintain technological dominance.
The specific challenge is to lay the foundations for radically new future technologies of any kind with unexpected impact that aims to bring radical technological superiority over potential adversaries. This call also encourages the driving role of new actors in defence research and innovation, including excellent researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs and visionary research centres of big companies, universities or research and technology organisations


This call covers the following topics:

  • EDF-2021-OPEN-RDIS-Open: Research on disruptive technologies for defence (EDF-2021 - European Defence Fund Action)

European community funding

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

  • 10,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 09 December 2021 - in one month (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)
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for External Relations

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