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Find the latest news by ENDR members on dual-use funding, events and activities.

Erasmus+ 2018 call relevant for fostering defence-related skills

The European Commission published today the 2018 Erasmus+ call for proposals. Under "Key Action 2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices" there are options relevant for the defence sector for tackling skills gaps to one or more occupational profiles or fostering innovation in higher education and business. In particular, the "Sector Skills Alliances Lot 2 – Development of…

Strengthening Europe's aeronautical research and innovation – Info day and brokerage event

On 15 November the ENDR member Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia and its partners are organising an event in Seville to present the opportunities in the area of aeronautics and dual use offered by the European Clean Sky programme and the Preparatory Action for Defence Research. Regions that have identified Aeronautics and Space as key sectors in their Smart Specialisation…

GROWyourREGIOn conference facilitating defence C2C

A conference on boosting smart interregional collaboration through clusters is coming up on 8-9 November in Valencia.  Co-organised by the European Commission and the Valencia Regional Government the event will gather over 300 national and regional authorities that manage ERDF and INTERREG projects, the business community and cluster stakeholders engaged in European cluster partnerships and…

Committee of the Regions' event on defence R&D opportunities for SMEs, clusters and regions

The Committee of the Regions will host an event on 21 November in Brussels to inform stakeholders about regional funding opportunities for SMEs and clusters concerning the promotion of innovation in the area of defence. This event will try to answer some key questions: What are the key elements of the European Defence Fund, in particular in the area of research and development? What other…

C2C – Cluster to Cluster Networking Event

On 10 October the European Defence Agency is organising a C2C networking to facilitate partnerships for the “Clusters Go International in the Defence & Security sector" call financed under the COSME instrument. The full-day event taking place at EDA's premises in Brussels (from 10.00 to 17.00) will feature a European Commission presentation on best practices concerning EU funding for…

SME success stories on EU dual use funding

SMEs that have successfully taken advantage of EU funding to develop dual use projects and thus their business are in the limelight of a new Commission publication. The brochure "Dual use technology in the EU" will become available in 7 languages to help SMEs understand how the different EU funding tools work. The main 3 EU funding instruments are showcased: ESIF for technology transfers,…

Call open to support clusters in the defence sector going international

The Commission published today the call for proposals for "Clusters Go International" for the Defence and Security Sector. It aims to support European defence and security-related clusters and business network organisations to: intensify collaboration across borders with other non-defence industrial clusters;  develop and implement joint strategies in areas of dual use technologies, products…

Call for tenders on defence-related skills published

An invitation to tender for a service aiming to build evidence on defence-related skills shortages, gaps and mismatches as well as defining the sector's strategy with concrete actions on how to solve the skills gap at EU, national and regional levels was published on 31 August by EASME. The call, financed under the COSME programme, was announced in the European Defence Action Plan adopted by the…

KIC on Added-value Manufacturing: webinar announcing the new call

In January 2018, the European Innovation & Technology Institute will open a call for a new Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC) in the area of Added-value Manufacturing. To help potential applicants in their preparations, the EIT is organising a webinar on 7 September at 10:30. The aim of such KIC is to transform today's industrial forms of production towards more knowledge intensive,…

European Commission/EDA event to review new materials R&D for dual use

The European Commission and the European Defence Agency (EDA) will jointly sponsor an information exchange and match-making event on new materials, research and structures on 7 November at CDMA – DG RTD in Brussels. The event will feature an exchange of information on projects developed by the EDA and the European Commission in the field of nanotechnologies. In particular it will compare the…

European Defence Fund launched

Today the Commission launched a European Defence Fund to help Member States spend on security and defence more efficiently through common actions and thus reduce duplications and get better value for money. Announced by President Juncker in September 2016, and backed by the European Council in December 2016, the Fund will coordinate, supplement and amplify national investments in defence research…

Dual use opportunities in emerging technologies on agenda for Helsinki conference

National and regional authorities gather in Helsinki on 1-2 June to share experiences on smart specialisation strategies, review technology-development funding options and find cooperation partners across the EU in energy, cybersecurity, health, maritime and many other industries. More than 120 smart specialisation strategies are shaping investments across the EU during 2014-20.  Dual use…

Preparatory Action on Defence Research 2017: major focus on naval drones

The Commission issued on 11 April a description of research topics for 2017 under its Preparatory Action on Defence Research. The three-year programme is testing the use of EU money to finance military technologies that support the Union’s common security defence policy objectives, and will likely lead to defence R&D after 2020. Many of these will have dual use applications. The budget of…

Commission seeks experts to advise on the Preparatory Action for Defence Research - !! deadline extended until 15 May 2017 !!

The European Commission will soon launch its Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) to test the feasibility of using EU funding to create added-value in defence research and technology. The Commission has set up an Advisory Group for PADR and seeks experts to join it. The Advisory Group will provide consistent guidance to the Commission during the preparation of PADR’s three annual work…

Solent conference reviews ways to promote maritime dual use technologies

Marine Southeast, the Solent region-based cluster, and the Commission jointly hosted ENDR’s second conference on 4 April in Southampton. Focused on marine and maritime-based technologies, more than 100 participants – from across Europe and North America – reviewed the full array of options for promoting public-private collaboration for innovation, job creation and exports. There was special…

Forthcoming COSME call for proposals to support European clusters in the area of dual use

A call for proposals to support the development of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships in the area of dual use should be released in the third quarter of 2017. Its aim is to support cross-border links between European defence-related and civil industrial clusters and to develop joint strategies for dual-use technologies, products and services towards non-EU countries. Meanwhile, the “Cluster…

THE ONLY COMMISSION GRANT DEVOTED TO SKILLS IN DEFENCE– CALL FOR SECTOR SKILLS ALLIANCES STILL OPEN

The call published on 27 January – see relevant news item – is a unique opportunity for defence stakeholders to create a European Defence Skills Partnership and tackle skill gaps in the defence and dual use area. By joining forces the industry together with educational institutions, national/regional authorities and social partners can with a EUR 4 million grant address imminent skills challenges…

EDAP: What it can offer to regions and research

The European Defence Action Plan (EDAP) was presented to regional authorities and research stakeholders in a workshop co-organised by the European Commission, ERRIN and EURADA on 9 March. Representatives from many regions across Europe attended the event. Commission officials explained the mechanics of the EU’s Preparatory Action (PA) in defence research, whose first annual call-for-proposals…

Commission’s consultation on Smart Specialisation to close in late March

The European Commission currently seeks stakeholder input until 24 March for the Smart Specialisation Communication it will publish in May 2017. The consultation is collecting views on regional specialisation strategies, projects and initiatives for future action and to advance the concept of smart specialisation. Stakeholders such as the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)…

New study identifies Europe’s crucial technologies and their dual-use applications

Joint European procurement of critical raw materials and the promotion of dual-use technologies are among the recommendations of a new report released by the Commission on 20 February. The “Study on the dual-used potential of key enabling technologies” (KETs) identifies cross-cutting synergies between technologies and where Europe needs to reduce its dependence on critical imported materials.…

Workshop: EDAP’s new defence opportunities for regions

The European Defence Action Plan, unveiled on 30 November 2016, is the Commission's contribution to a stronger European defence through ensuring that the European industrial base is able to meet future security needs in priority areas. This will translate into many opportunities at the regional level regarding defence technologies, skills and jobs. In cooperation with ERRIN (European Regions…

Call for proposals to develop defence-related skills

The European Commission published today its 2017 “Sector Skills Alliances” call for proposals, with a new Lot 3 dedicated to six pilot sectors: defence, automobile, maritime technology, space, textile and tourism. Falling under the EU’s Erasmus+ instrument, the call is the first Commission action to implement the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills, part of the wider initiative known as…

“DroneDays” 2017 to line up dual use stakeholders, applications & technologies

Belgium will host its third annual “DroneDays” brokerage event in March 2017 to facilitate partnering in Europe’s drone sector. Drones offer vast potential for dual use applications, from safety inspection of infrastructure to environmental and agricultural monitoring to law enforcement and military missions. The event will offer B2B meetings, drone demonstrations and an accompanying exhibit of…

Regions compare dual use cyber strategies

Regional authorities from across Europe gathered in Rennes on 23-24 November for a symposium to compare strategies for promoting dual use innovations in cyber security. Hosted by the Regional Council of Brittany, participants looked into key issues for the development of a dual use strategy, such as links between research, business and education, as well as access by SMEs to large industry and…

DEFENCE ACTION PLAN TO BOOST RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Today the Commission adopted a European Defence Action Plan with concrete measures to support a strong and innovative European defence industry and defence capability priorities agreed by Member States. One of the actions will be to promote co-financing through the European Structural and Investment Funds of defence and dual-use activities in research and innovation, as part of regional/national…

New Space Strategy opens up dual use synergies in the space programmes

The European Commission adopted on 26 October 2016 a new "Space Strategy for Europe" which highlights the importance of reinforcing synergies between civil and security space activities. The strategy underlines that space services can strengthen the EU’s and Member States’ capacity to tackle growing security challenges and improve the monitoring and control of flows which have security and…

First ENDR event on cybersecurity

The first ENDR event will take place in Rennes, France on 23-24 November 2016. The workshop will focus on “Cybersecurity Strategies & Dual use” and will form part of the wider European Cyber Week during 21-25 November. It is co-organised between the Brittany Region and the European Commission.

ENDR website launched

The European Network of Defence-related Regions website is now launched to facilitate the ENDR members – regional authorities and clusters – to share experiences, best practices and news related to their actions and events on dual use. ENDR is a European Commission initiative  funded under the COSME programme. Its introduction phase will run until December 2017. Afterwards, the Commission will…