The work programme for the European Defence Fund (EDF) in 2022 has been adopted. Indeed, the European Commission foresees 924 million euros for the year.
The 2022 Work Programme introduces a series of new tools to promote innovation in the defence field, notably through the EU Defence Innovation Scheme (EUDIS). Already announced in the Defence Communication on 15 February 2022, EUDIS will work in close partnership with the European Defence Agency’s Innovation Cluster. The work programme covers a total of 33 themes structured in eight calls for proposals – which will be opened in early June – to launch a number of major emblematic projects, ranging from cyber security to space and naval combat. It targets defence technologies and capabilities in line with the EU’s capability priorities agreed by the Member States and set out in the strategic compass.