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European Defence Fund – Open call addressing disruptive technologies for defence – 2021

EDF aims to foster the competitiveness, efficiency and innovation capacity of the defence technological and industrial base throughout the European Union.

10 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To lay the foundations for radically new future technologies of any kind with unexpected impact that aims to bring radical technological superiority over potential adversaries;
  • Encourage the driving role of new actors in defence research and innovation, including excellent researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs and visionary research centres of big companies, universities or research and technology organisations.


  • To exert cutting-edge, high-risk/high-impact research leading to game-changing impact in a defence context, in particular:
    • a disruptive impact in a defence context;
    • radical vision;
    • breakthrough technological target.

Among financed actions

  • Creating, underpining and improving disruptive technologies;
  • Integration of knowledge;
  • Studies;
  • Design.

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: up to 4 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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