European Defence Fund (EDF) announces new grant calls with 34 themes

Are you developing new and challenging technologies or products relevant for the defence industry? Then the new European Defence Fund (EDF) grant calls may be of interest to you. These new calls are focused on the area of collaborative defence research and development, covering 34 themes. You can submit your application now until 22 November 2023. A total of over € 714 million is available.

For whom is the European Defence Fund?

The European Defence Fund is intended for collaborations between innovative SMEs, large companies, knowledge institutions and universities. Your project must meet the following criteria:

  • Project proposals are focused on the needs of the defence industry;
  • Participating parties are located in an EU Member State;
  • Participating parties are owned by the members of the EU;

What kind of projects are eligible?

The 34 themes are divided into the following 16 categories:

  • Defence medical response, chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN)
  • Information superiority
  • Sensors
  • Cyber
  • Space
  • Digital transformation
  • Materials and components
  • Energy and environment
  • Air combat
  • Air & Missile defence
  • Ground combat
  • Force protection and mobility
  • Naval combat
  • Underwater warfare
  • Disruptive technologies for defence applications
  • SME calls

The 34 themes can be found here.

Applying for the European Defence Fund

The budget is divided among the 16 categories. A total of over € 714 million is available. Your grant contribution is a minimum of 20% of eligible costs. This can go up to 100%. The project duration is between 12 and 48 months.

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