European Defence Fund: €1 billion to boost the EU’s defence capabilities and new tools for defence innovation
25 May 2022
Today, the Commission announced the adoption of the second annual work programme of the European Defence Fund (EDF). The EDF 2022 work programme will allocate up to a total of €924 million in funding. One week after the Joint Communication on Defence investment gaps, the Commission unlocks new funding to invest together and better in strategic defence capabilities. Additionally, the 2022 work programme introduces a series of new tools to promote defence innovation, all under one new umbrella called the EU Defence Innovation Scheme (EUDIS). Already announced in the Commission’s Defence Package, EUDIS will be working in close partnership with EDA’s Innovation Hub.
The 2022 EDF work programme addresses in total 33 topics structured along eight calls for proposals - to be opened early June - to kick-start a number of large emblematic projects. It targets relevant defence technologies and capabilities in line with the EU capability priorities commonly agreed by Member States and further elaborated in the Strategic Compass.