European Defence Fund: €1.2 billion to boost EU defence capabilities and new measures for defence innovation
30 March 2023
Today the Commission adopted third annual work programme of the European Defence Fund (EDF), allocating an additional €1.2 billion to support collaborative research and development projects and innovation in the European defence sector.
The funding priorities are commonly agreed with the Member States and take into consideration defence technologies and capability needs as well as emerging threats amplified by the changed security environment.
With the adoption of this work programme, the Commission will have invested more than €3 billion of EU funds in defence R&D since 2021.
The 2023 EDF work programme addresses 34 topics structured along four thematic calls for proposals, as well as three bottom-up calls focused on disruptive technologies and SMEs. It targets defence technologies and capabilities in line with the EU capability priorities commonly agreed by Member States and further elaborated in the Strategic Compass.
Additionally, the 2023 work programme introduces new measures to promote defence innovation under the umbrella of the EU Defence Innovation Scheme (EUDIS), such as the organisation of defence hackathons, financial support to organisations for developing innovation test hubs and supporting continuation of EU civil-funded research to test its applicability for military end users.
You will find below useful links concerning the adoption of the Work Programme: