The European Commission adopted on 30 June 2021 the first European Defence Fund (EDF) annual work programme, providing for the immediate launch of 23 calls for proposals for a total of €1.2 billion of EU funding in support of collaborative defence research.
During the first year, the EDF will allocate around €700 million to the preparation of large-scale and complex defence platforms and systems such as next generation fighter systems or ground vehicles fleet, digital and modular ships, and ballistic missile defence. Around €100 million will be dedicated to critical technologies, such as artificial intelligence and radiofrequency, among others, which will enhance the performance and resilience of defence equipment.
The EDF will also increase synergies with other civilian EU policies and programmes, notably in the field of space (around €50 million), medical response (around €70 million), and digital and cyber (around €100 million).
For more information on the open calls, please click on this link.