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European Defence Fund – Military multi-domain operations cloud – 2021

The European Defence Fund (EDF) is the Commission's initiative to support collaborative defence research and development, and to foster an innovative and competitive defence industrial base.

40 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To provide Member States with enhanced, digitalized and secure battlespace information across all operational domains (MDOC foundation);
  • To extend the collaboration capacities under development in each domain, through additional services and interfacing standards, which will allow joint operations with a minimal impact on single domain approaches;
  • To deliver standards, a cloud environment and a comprehensive portfolio of cloud services and products that will help Member States to build their national solutions;
  • To enable European armed forces to coordinate their activities over all combat domains based on the same situation data, regardless which application they use, and avoid mismatches of data in information exchange due to different data models used at the service layer, which would result in different situation pictures;
  • To improve operational processes to support cooperation between Member States;
  • To accelerate the battle rhythm of military operations based on real time exchange of data andsynchronised collaboration between land, sea, air, space and cyber domains.


  • To describe the specific needs and requirements of different domains and levels of command, especially in terms of information, interfaces and interoperability;
  • To apply and merge multiple domains from the battlefield to achieve a highly integrated network for communication, data capitalisation and resources sharing services;
  • To combine real-time data and non-real-time data networks and synchronize information for collaboration between land, sea, air, space and cyber platforms;
  • To enable the usage of big data analysis and its impact on cloud resources (computing power, storage) in the architecture options;
  • To enable the development of custom AI solutions on the available data and provide concepts to analyse the information with the given set of computing power from the tactical edge to the strategic level;
  • To adapt the quality of service and Information synchronization within the Multi-Domain Operations Cloud to the available network bandwidth and robustness over all levels of command, including the narrowband, disrupted/interrupted communication and as well as
    future networks on the tactical edge/far-edge level.

Among financed actions

  • Feasibility studies:
    • analysing the main operational requirements from Member States at strategic, operative and tactical levels in terms of multi-domain operations,
    • definition of use cases, defining actors, ways of operation, time constraints, expected data to be shared, existing or predicted services to be considered,
    • definition of a delivery model for the building blocks,
    • technological demonstration of the federating platform and its key services.
  • Design of a defence product:
    • conceptual design,
    • architecture definition, laying down the overall multi-domain federated cloud architecture,
      including by partially using the existing infrastructure,
    • system of systems specification, outlining platform related services,
    • preliminary design tool to elaborate and customize architecture for each Member State.
  • Enabling a European virtual or digital platform;
  • Providing a catalogue of end-user products and services;
  • Developing tools, interfaces and APIs.

Additional information

  • This call for proposal is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: not longer than four years.


  • The action must be carried out by legal entities cooperating within a consortium of at least three eligible legal entities which are established in at least three different Member States or associated countries;
  • 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: 40 million euro.

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