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EDF – Research actions implemented via actual cost grants – 2023

European Defence Fund - Research actions implemented via actual cost grants aiming at developing and testing an efficient model of electromagnetic wave propagation capable of assessing and predicting EM signal propagation conditions.

157 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Aeronautics & Space Business & Industry Justice, Security, Defence Research & Innovation Technology & Digital
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To develop and test an efficient model of electromagnetic wave propagation capable of assessing and predicting EM (electromagnetic) signal propagation conditions to contribute to the creation of a tactical decision-making aid (TDA)
  • To consolidate at a fully sovereign common supply chain of some critical technology building blocks for the next generation of high performance infrared detectors for deference applications in all batllespace dimensions
  • To conduct research activities on space-based technologies contributing to the protection of space-based assets against a wide range of threats and to demonstrate the feasibility of selected technological solutions
  • To create new types of processors for AI (Artifical Intelligence) that offer very significant performance gains for defence applications, and to develop European supply chains offering a technological autonomy for these technologies
  • To prepare a next generation of explosive hazards countermeasures (equipment, materials, etc.) using innovative technologies
  • To establish a stratregic airlift capability by either re-designing / adapting an existing or developing a new solution
  • To increase the level of maturity of some of the most critical LDEW (Laser-based Directed Energy Weapons) technologies and subsystems to ensure strategic autonomy and security of supply in this critical domain

Among financed actions

  • Activities that aim to create, underpin and improve knowledge
  • Activities that aim to increase interoperability and resilience
  • Studies of feasibility
  • Design of a defence product

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is a restricted call for for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 12 and 48 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries
  • Have their executive management structure established in eligible countries
  • Must not be subject to control by a non-associated third country or nonassociated third-country entity (unless they can provide guarantees approved by the Member State or EDF associated country where they are established)
  • Total budget of the call: 157 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic:
    • EDF-2023-RA-SENS-EMSP: Electromagnetic signal proposition: 22 million euro
    • EDF-2023-RA-SENS-OPTD: Optronics detector technologies: 20 million euro
    • EDF-2023-RA-SPACE-PSA: Threat surveillance and protection of space-based assets: 25 million euro
    • EDF-2023-RA-DIGIT-HAAI: Dedicated hardware architectures for energy-efficient AI: 20 million euro
    • EDF-2023-RA-PROTMOB-DEXPLO: Demonstrators and technologies to defeat threats posed by Unexploded Explosives Ordnances (UXO) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED): 25 million euro
    • EDF-2023-RA-PROTMOB-SATOC: Strategic air transportation of outsized cargo: 20 million euro
    • EDF-2023-RA-DIS-LDEW: Laser-based directed energy weapons: 25 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: For all topics under this call: should not exceed the budget available for the topic
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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