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EDF – Ship Structural Health Monitoring – 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.

14.5 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 obtain improved naval vessels’ operational capability through research on advancing the utilisation of data from the state of the art, and/or innovatively improve the hull ship structural health monitoring systems, using modern data science tools, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), digital twin models or other.


  • Extension of the on-board SHM systems to detect features in data related to damage detection and assessment, and in that way expand operational envelopes by optimal utilisation of vessel capabilities;
  • Identification of local/global structural vibrations that contribute to the vessel’s hydrodynamic signature and establish tools to aid operators in visualisation and prediction, with the result of avoid being recognized/positively identified by “red forces”;
  • Exploration of the possibilities in utilizing SHM measurements of local and global hull deformation/vibrations to improve the precision of weapon systems on board the vessel.

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: 14.5 million euro.
  • Co-financing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs.

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