European Defence Fund 2021-2027 EDF Open!

Objectives

The general objective of the Fund is to foster the competitiveness, efficiency and innovation capacity of the European defence technological and industrial base (EDTIB) throughout the Union, which contributes to the Union strategic autonomy and its freedom of action, by supporting collaborative actions and cross-border cooperation between legal entities throughout the Union, in particular SMEs and mid-caps, as well as by strengthening and improving the agility of both defence supply and value chains, widening cross-border cooperation between legal entities and fostering the better exploitation of the industrial potential of innovation, research and technological development, at each stage of the industrial life cycle of defence products and technologies.
 
The Fund shall have the following specific objectives:

  1. to support collaborative research that could significantly boost the performance of future capabilities throughout the Union, aiming to maximise innovation and introduce new defence products and technologies, including disruptive technologies for defence, and aiming to make the most efficient use of defence research spending in the Union;
  2. to support the collaborative development of defence products and technologies, thus contributing to the greater efficiency of defence spending within the Union, achieving greater economies of scale, reducing the risk of unnecessary duplication and thereby fostering the market uptake of European defence products and technologies and reducing the fragmentation of defence products and technologies throughout the Union, ultimately leading to an increase in the standardisation of defence systems and a greater interoperability between Member States’ capabilities.

Actions

An eligible action shall relate to one or more of the following activities:

  1. activities that aim to create, underpin and improve knowledge, products and technologies, including disruptive technologies for defence, which can achieve significant effects in the area of defence;
  2. activities that aim to increase interoperability and resilience, including secured production and exchange of data, to master critical defence technologies, to strengthen the security of supply or to enable the effective exploitation of results for defence products and technologies;
  3. studies, such as feasibility studies to explore the feasibility of new or upgraded products, technologies, processes, services and solutions;
  4. the design of a defence product, tangible or intangible component or technology as well as the definition of the technical specifications on which such a design has been developed, including any partial tests for risk reduction in an industrial or representative environment;
  5. the system prototyping of a defence product, tangible or intangible component or technology;
  6. the testing of a defence product, tangible or intangible component or technology;
  7. the qualification of a defence product, tangible or intangible component or technology;
  8. the certification of a defence product, tangible or intangible component or technology;
  9. the development of technologies or assets increasing efficiency across the life cycle of defence products and technologies.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 7.953,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)