Call for proposals 2021 - Open call focused on SMEs for research on innovative and future-oriented defence solutions EDF-2021-OPEN-R Open!


Research on innovative and future-oriented defence products and technologies significantly relies on the innovation capacity of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). This call for proposals is focused on SMEs and targets research on any innovative defence products, solutions and technologies.


This call covers the following topics:

  • EDF-2021-OPEN-R-SME: Research on innovative and future-oriented defence solutions (EDF-2021 - European Defence Fund Action)

European community funding

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

  • 17,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 09 December 2021 - in 2 months (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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