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EDF – Call for proposals focused on the increase of production capacities for explosives – 2023

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190 million euro

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Program European Defence Fund
Institution European Commission
Sectors Aeronautics & Space Business & Industry Civil Protection & Risks Justice, Security, Defence
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


To address the increase of production capacities in the area of explosives, and that aims at supporting the ramp-up of the production capacity and timely delivery of artillery ammunition, as well as mortars and rockets, with potential positive spill over effects on other ground-to-ground ammunition as well as missiles.

Among financed actions

  • The optimisation, expansion, modernisation, upgrading or repurposing of existing, or the establishment of new, production
  • The establishment of cross-border industrial partnerships
  • The building-up and making available of reserved surge manufacturing capacities of relevant defence products
  • The testing, including the necessary infrastructure, and, as appropriate, reconditioning certification of relevant defence products
  • The training, reskilling or upskilling of personnel
  • The improvement of the access to finance for the relevant economic operators active in the production of or making available of relevant defence products

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action:
    • EDF-ASAP-2023-LS-XPL-STEP: between 12 and 36 months
    • EDF-ASAP-2023-LS-XPL-FAST: less than 24 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a public or private entity
  • Total budget of the call: 190 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic:
    • EDF-ASAP-2023-LS-XPL-STEP: 130 million euro
    • EDF-ASAP-2023-LS-XPL-FAST: 60 million euro
  • Amount of the grant:
    • EDF-ASAP-2023-LS-XPL-STEP: up to 65 million euro
    • EDF-ASAP-2023-LS-XPL-FAST: up to 20 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 35% of the total eligible costs

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