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European Defence Fund – Protection against high-velocity aerial threats – 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.

28 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To federate efforts under a European design authority to master critical technologies, materials, components and expertise key to develop a state-of-the-art endo-atmospheric interceptor.


  • Priority 1: The selection of an interceptor solution to counter the post-2030 theatre air and ballistic threat;
  • Priority 2: The initial maturation of the most critical related technologies.

Among financed activities

  • Studies, such as feasibility studies to explore the feasibility of new or improved technologies, products, processes, services and solutions;
  • The iterative definition of interceptor detailed requirements;
  • The concept exploration studies and performance assessment for possible interceptor solutions;
  • The early maturation activities key for developing an endo-atmospheric interceptor.

Additional information

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


  • Be a legal entity (public or private);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries.
  • Amount of the grant: 28 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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