European Defence Fund - EDF

The European Defence Fund (EDF) is the programme for collaborative defence research and development, and to foster an innovative and competitive defence industrial base. Complementing and amplifying Member States’ efforts, the Fund promotes cooperation among companies and research actors of all sizes and geographic origin in the Union, in research and development of state-of-the-art and interoperable defence technology and equipment. The Fund supports competitive and collaborative projects throughout the entire cycle of research and development for a bigger impact on the European defence capability and industrial landscape.

It strongly encourages participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in collaborative projects and fosters breakthrough innovative solutions.

The EDF was preceded by two test programmes with limited duration and budget – the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) and the European Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). A budget of close to €8 billion for 2021-2027 is dedicated to the European Defence Fund. €2.7 billion to fund collaborative defence research and €5.3 billion euros to fund collaborative capability development projects complementing national contributions. The EDF is implemented through annual work programmes structured along 17 thematic and horizontal categories of actions, which have been shaped to remain stable during the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

Calls for proposals will be launched on an annual basis following the adoption of the corresponding annual work programme.  

More detailed information and link to work programmes 2021 and 2022 find here

Call for proposals for 37 topics is opened form 9 September to 9 December 2021. Detailes for call topics find on Funding and Tenders Portal here 


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