The first European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) work programme, agreed with the Member States, provides €500 million in co-financing for the joint development of defence capabilities in 2019-2020. The European Commission will shortly publish 9 calls for proposals for 2019 and 12 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’ and ‘Innovative defence technologies & SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)’.
Today the Commission also published calls for proposals under the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR), the third and final budget tranche under the Juncker Commission. The 2019 Work Programme will dedicate €25 million for research in Electromagnetic Spectrum Dominance and Future Disruptive Defence Technologies – 2 areas identified as essential to maintain Europe's technological lead and independence in the long-term.
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