May 17, 2017 - ASD and the Austrian Security and Defence Industries Group held an Industry Workshop and Matchmaking Event on the EU Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) on May 4, 2017 at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna. The purpose of this event was to facilitate the participation of companies and relevant organisations, in particular SMEs, in the PADR.
This was the first open event concerning the European Commission’s initiative aimed at launching the first EU-funded defence research programme. Officials from the European Commission and the European Defence Agency presented the main features of the 2017 work programme, outlining topics, governance and modalities of the three-year programme (2017-2019). Small and midcaps companies eager to partner with larger firms presented their competences and skills during the industry showcase part of the conference.
The overwhelmingly positive feedback we received showed that participants were grateful for having the occasion to meet potential consortium partners ahead of the publication of the calls for proposals, and that it was necessary to help industry better understand the ins and outs of that programme. About hundred participants registered, mostly SMEs, but also some representatives of the large OEMs.
The PADR is an EU-funded programme managed by the European Commission and implemented by the European Defence Agency, aimed at testing the feasibility of EU-funded defence research cooperation. This programme runs over three years and serves as a test for a potential full-scale EU defence research programme under the next Multi-Annual Framework (2021-2027). The total targeted budget for the PADR is €90 million over 2017-2019, starting with €25 million for the Work Programme 2017.
The PADR calls for proposals were published on June 7. The EDA is the implementing agency for the management of the calls. More information can be found on their website.