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

Coming up: International Conference on Dual Use Research and Innovation

On 20 November 2019, ENDR member IDEA, Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia, will host the 5th International Conference on Dual Use Technologies in Seville (Spain). Under the heading ‘Space, Defence and Security Policies in Europe’, this year’s event will explore the opportunities for boosting the space industry in the European regions. It will offer a global overview of current …

European Clusters Go International: Call for proposals launched under COSME

This new call will support the development of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Going International (ESCP-4i) across borders and sectors, in fields of strategic interest within and beyond Europe. The call is funded under COSME, the EU’s programme for small and medium sized companies. Through this action COSME is supporting SMEs to internationalise their activities and to enhance their…

Defence Sector Skills Alliance selected

The European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) is entering a new phase in 2020. The consortium – composed of 30 EDSP members and their associates from 9 EU countries – has been selected to receive an Erasmus+ grant of nearly €4 million. These funds will go to implementing a new strategic approach to sectoral cooperation on skill development. Over the next 4 years, the project will build a…

EDIDP 2019 calls for proposals deadline extended to 20 September

The deadline for the European defence industrial development programme (EDIDP) calls for proposals will go until 20 September 2019, 17.00 (CET). The EDIDP is co-financing collaborative defence development projects with a budget of €500 million for 2019-2020. For more information, go to the EDIDP 2019 funding and tender opportunities website. The Generic Programme Security Instructions have been…

Conference ‘Fostering Skills for Europe’s Defence Industries’ on 9-10 October 2019, Bordeaux

At a time when the EU is developing the European Defence Fund, the need for a skilled workforce and to attract new talents to a fast-evolving sector appears all the more necessary. A year after the launch of the European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP), and at a crucial time for Europe with the start of the new European Commission and European Parliament for the period 2019-2024, this…

Call for tender – Contribution of the defence sector to regional development through European Structural and Investment Funds

EASME seeks to enter into a service contract to conduct a study that gives an overview on which funds and to which extent these funds have been used for defence-related and dual use activities in the framework of the EU’s Cohesion Policy for the ongoing 2014-2020 period, as well as the potential for the future 2021-2027 programming period. Deadline: 22 July 2019 For more info, click here.

New call ‘Challenging the future’ launched under PADR

On 19 March 2019, the European Commission published calls for proposals under the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR). The 2019 work programme includes the area of future disruptive defence technologies. As part of this, the call ‘challenging the future’ (ref. PADR-FDDT-OPEN-03-2019) was launched today. The call aims to attract proposals for cutting-edge, high-risk and high-impact…

EDIDP – Looking for independent experts!

As you may know, the European Commission is responsible for the implementation for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). This programme, worth up to €500 million over 2019-2020, will co-finance the joint development of defence capabilities via grants. In April, we published 9 calls for proposal for 2019, which cover priority areas of defence equipment and technologies in…

European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) Info Day 2019

This event will take place on 22 May 2019 in Brussels. It will provide information about the EDIDP initiative and all aspects of the Call process. It also aims to bring together potential participants interested in the EDIDP 2019 calls for proposals. You are welcome to register on this web-based platform until 15 May 2019. Please wait until your registration is validated with a confirmation…

EDIDP 2019 CALLS FOR PROPOSALS LAUNCHED TODAY

The European defence industrial development programme (EDIDP) offers co-financing for collaborative defence development projects with a budget of €500 million for 2019-2020. Earlier this month the EDIDP work programme for 2019-2020 was published. Today the calls for proposals for 2019 have been made available here.

Work programmes EDIDP and PADR published today!

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…

European Cluster Conference 2019 – 14-16 May, Bucharest

The 6th edition of this interactive event will unite cluster policymakers, cluster managers and other stakeholders. It will focus on topics such as digitalisation and skills gaps, the circular economy, shared value and social impact. Side events include partnering meetings of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for going international. For more information, click here.

Save the date – PADR Information & Brokerage Day on 11 April

In view of the upcoming publication of the 2019 calls for proposals for the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR), the European Commission and EDA will organise an Information and Brokerage Day in Brussels on 11 April 2019. The event is open to representatives from all types of companies, industry associations, research organisations and universities from the EU and Norway. For more info…

SAVE THE DATE: High Level Conference on Skills in Defence, 13 March 2019, Brussels

Following the launch of the European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) on 19 June 2018, the European Commission is bringing the defence community together again in a high-level conference on 13 March 2019. Participants will discuss the outcome of the EDSP’s work toward a common vision on defence-related skills to solve skill gaps in Europe. The event will provide the opportunity to discuss the…

DroneDays 2019 brokerage event will look into dual use technologies

As part of the European DroneDays Expo, a matchmaking event will be facilitated by the Enterprise Europe Network on 15-16 March 2019 in Brussels. Different thematic conferences will feature on the agenda, including one on the topic of dual use technologies. For further information, click here.

Info Day on Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances call on 6 December

An online ‘Info Day’ on the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance call will be held on 6 December from 14:00 – 16:30. During the webinar, European Commission and EACEA representatives will explain new funding opportunities, the policy framework and provide advice on preparing applications.  Defence technologies is one of the eligible sectors under Lot 3. A successful defence sector proposal will be…

Erasmus+ call for proposals on defence technologies open

Defence is one of the eligible sectors under the  2019 Erasmus+ call for Sector Skills Alliances Lot 3, published on 24 October. A successful proposal will be awarded a €4 million grant for 4 years. Proposals should address at least 2 of the following areas: a) complex weapon systems, b) ballistics, c) robotics, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence or d) C4ISTAR (command, control,…

Homeland Security Conference 2018

This year’s Homeland Security Conference will be held on 15 November in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Organised each year by CenSec - Centre for Defence, Space & Security, the conference focuses on bringing together representatives from the cyber security community, industry decision makers, governmental authorities and academics, to give further insights about current challenges and business…

Join us for a workshop on dual-use technologies for autonomous land vehicles

The European Commission, alongside the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking and the European Defence Agency, are holding a workshop on the 19 and 20 November in Lisbon to discuss automated driving. The workshop will bring civil and military communities together to discuss commonalities and synergies that are to be achieved in electric components and systems…

Join us at the symposium on EU defence funding in Seville!

Companies of all sizes, clusters, regional and national authorities, and other stakeholders are welcome to take part in this ENDR event on the 3-4 October in Seville. It will be an ideal opportunity for you to learn more about EU funding in the area of defence, to discuss challenges and share experiences, as well as to expand your network. Places still available. For more info, click here.

New cross-border defence cluster partnerships funded by COSME

Soon, 2 European strategic cluster partnerships will kick off their activities in defence-related areas: Alliance – Alliance for International Business Development of Advanced Materials and Connectivity for Defence and Security Markets - This partnership brings 7 clusters together from France (SAFE, Techtera and SCS), Italy (OTIR 2020, SIIT and Citta Studi) and the Netherlands (NIDV). - It…

Survey on defence-related skills launched

The survey aims to collect and analyse data within the project on ‘Defence Related Skills’ carried out by Rand Europe. The input gathered will feed into the comprehensive overview of skill gaps in Europe, expected in October 2018. The survey consists of 2 parts: Questions exploring general defence industry skill gaps today and, as anticipated in the future, the need for specific defence skills…

European Defence Fund: an envelope of €13 billion for 2021-2027

In June 2017, the Commission presented the first version of the European Defence Fund, which has allowed defence cooperation at EU-level to be tested by means of the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) for 2017-2019, and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) for 2019-2020.  Today's proposal on the European Defence Fund delivers on the commitment, made in June…

High Level EU Conference on 'The European Defence Fund – driving factor for Defence Research and Innovation'

The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Defence Agency will organise this conference on 2 October in Vienna. This event is designed to provide a full insight into the potential, opportunities and challenges of this unprecedented initiative. It brings together relevant stakeholders representing EU institutions, EU member states, industry, and…

ENDR members contributing to the European Defence Skills Partnership

A number of our ENDR members are also on board of the European Defence Skills Partnership – EDSP. The EDSP will be launched on 19 June at the High Level Conference on Skills in Defence organised by the European Commission in Brussels. CEOs from major European defence companies will participate in the panels (see programme). The EDSP is a Commission initiative that brings together industry,…

Launching the European Defence Skills Partnership on 19 June

At a High Level Conference on 19 June, Lowri Evans, Director General of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs will launch the European Defence Skills Partnership. Participants from industry, academia and authorities will gather to discuss how to ensure the availability of highly advanced and rapidly changing technological skills for the defence industry, and how the creation of a…

New recommendation on supporting cross-border market access for defence and security SMEs

Today the European Commission has issued a recommendation on cross-border market access for sub-suppliers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the defence sector. It proposes measures to improve the position of SMEs in defence supply chains. It also highlights the important role of defence-related clusters and the ENDR in this context.   Read more here.

Preparatory action on defence research: 2018 topics

The European Commission adopted the 2018 financing decision for the preparatory action on defence research (PADR) on 9 March with a budget of €40 million. It includes descriptions of 3 topics for which calls for proposals will be launched. The research topics are capability-driven and focus on critical defence technologies. Such technologies aim to retain Europe’s strategic autonomy while…

Commission launches Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest

The Commission has now launched a call for applications for individuals and organisations wanting to take part in the Forum. Areas of competences include security and defence, and related implications for industrial value chains, e.g. dual-use applications and critical assets and infrastructures. The objectives of the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) are…

"The European Defence Fund: The EU investing in our security"

The European Committee of the Regions is organising on 7 March a stakeholders' debate on "The EU investing in our security", in collaboration with the city of Riga.   The event in Riga will welcome defence stakeholders from Latvia and beyond, including companies, universities, clusters, and local and regional authorities. Two sessions will explore the added value of the European Defence Fund…