On 18 July 2018 the European Parliament and Council adopted a regulation establishing a European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), which aims to co-finance collaborative defence capability development projects with important cross-border participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

On 19 March 2019, the European Commission adopted the work programme which will provide €500 million for the co-financing of such projects during 2019-2020. The Commission has also published the calls for proposals for 2019. Further calls will follow for 2020. These calls will cover priority areas in all domains – air, land, sea, cyber and space – including:

  • enabling operations, protection and mobility of military forces
  • intelligence, secured communication & cyber
  • ability to conduct high-end operations
  • innovative defence technologies & SMEs

In addition, 2 projects have been proposed for direct award to support the development of the Eurodrone and to support ESSOR interoperable and secure military communications.

The Commission has published the 2020 EDIDP calls for proposals. The deadline for submission is 1 December. Information concerning the organisation of an info day will be communicated at a later stage.

For the 2021-2027 period, the Commission has proposed to support collaborative defence development projects with an ambitious budget of €1.27 billion per year.



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