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  • May 18, 2017

It can be a challenge to keep track of EU defence industry relevant information. Below we compile an assortment of quick access points to key resources that could be of use for your business.

Open calls

  • European defence industrial development programme (EDIDP) Calls for proposals published by the European Commission. The deadlines for applications is 20 September 2019.
  • EDIDP tenders: specific tenders for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) calls on the European Commission web pages.
  • PADR tenders: specific tenders for the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) 2019 calls.
  • EDA Defence Innovation Prize: A call launched by the European Defence Agency (EDA), where companies or research entities may compete for a prize with innovative and ground-breaking ideas applicable in the defence domain. The deadline for submissions is 30 August 2019.

Permanent links and further information on open calls

Funding & financing tools

  • European Funding Gateway: a resource by the EDA which compiles relevant information on EU funding.
  • IdentiFunding: a tool built by the EDA to be used for identifying tailored funding opportunities for specific defence related projects. Identifunding was launched in March 2019 as a part of the EDA Funding Gateway resource. Funding opportunities include grants, loans and equity. Since 2019, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has been included in the tool.
  • EDA European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): another EDA page which gives an overview of how the ESIF may be accessed by defence companies for co-funding investment projects. Co-funding opportunities can be found in national, regional and local research and innovation, ICT, and SME competitiveness projects; cross border projects, transnational projects, projects supporting skills and competencies.  
  • Access to EU COSME Programme: is a platform built by the EDA to support access to loans, equity and funding opportunities offered by Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME). The EDA platform includes contact points of all financial intermediaries and the European Enterprise Network (EEN) and supports online networking.
  • European Network of Defence-related Regions (ENDR): a platform under the European Commission, created to support the coordination of regional authorities and clusters to share views on accessing EU funding.
  • Financial Toolbox: a European Commission page describing how financial toolbox instruments can be used to address financing challenges for collaborative development and procurement in the context of the European Defence Fund (EDF).
  • ENDR Questions page: A handy tool by the ENDR for submitting questions related to EU funding.

EU Programmes FAQs

SME-specific resources

Sharing your expertise with the EU 

  • EDA Expert groups: These groups within the EDA include Integrated Development Teams, Project Teams and Capability and Technology groups. Expert groups are composed of specialists in the defence domain and support EDA’s work. Research & Technology experts are specifically located in the EDA Capability Technology (CapTech) Groups.
  • EDIDP expert database: Apply here for the call for expression of interest to assist the European Commission with tasks in connection with the European Defence Industrial Development Programme. 
  • Work as an expert: The general European Commission website for registration to become an expert.

EU defence industry directory

NATO defence investment and agencies

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Isabelle Maelcamp
Senior Defence Adviser
Alessandro Riccardo Ungaro
Defence Manager
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