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EDF – Digital ship and ship digital architecture – 2021

The European Defence Fund aims at fostering the competitiveness, efficiency and innovation capacity of the defence technological and industrial base throughout the European Union.

29 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union
  • Countries eligible for the grant:
    • Member States;
    • The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States;
    • Associated Countries;
    • The state-members of the European Free Trade Association which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA).

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To increase the level of automation and support to the ship crew in order to be able to reduce the crew, obtain higher speed in the OODA-loop (observe–orient–decide act), ensuring high value military tasks, increase safety, operational efficiency, operational readiness (training on real data) as well as decreasing the total life cycle cost of the ship.


  • Identification of the specifications for warships’ digital architecture such as European navy needs and specific constraints;
  • Definition of a ship digital architecture and of smart processes in order to optimise sharing, pushing, pulling, selection, collect, enrichment, exploitation of data:
    • to optimise the functioning of systems;
    • constitute data bases of knowledge or data bases for machine learning or both.
  • Development of a limited set of interface and implementation standards in order to ensure interoperability and the integration of future data-based solutions and services in various ships;
  • Modelling and simulation environment based on Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) principles.

Among financed actions

  • Studies;
  • The design of a defence product, tangible or intangible component or technology;
  • The definition of the technical specifications on which such design has been developed which may include partial tests for risk reduction in an industrial or representative environment.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 48 months.


  • Be a legal person;
  • Be a public or private entity;
  • A consortium composed of at least three entities, established in at least three different EU Member States or associated countries to the programme must be constituted;
  • At least three of those eligible legal entities established in at least two different Member States or associated countries must, during the entire period in which the action is carried out, not be controlled, directly or indirectly, by the same legal entity and must not control each other.
  •  Amount of the grant: 29 million euro.
  • Co-financing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs.

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