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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Conference on EU funding for defence and security

The Slovenian Business & Research Association together with the Ministry of Defence are organising on 8 March in Brussels a conference to present the EU defence policy and the landscape of different EU funding opportunities for defence and security industry and research. Best practices in defence industry and research from Slovenia and other regions will be presented.  The event will also…

Mapping cybersecurity centres of expertise in Europe

The European Commission is carrying out a mapping of existing centres of expertise in the field of cybersecurity (e.g. academy, lab, group, university department, research centre, etc.). The results of this mapping will be translated into a "Cybersecurity Atlas" (an index of existing EU cybersecurity centres) that will be publicly available. This Atlas aims to become a valuable tool and a…

Call to support European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Smart Specialisation Investments

A call has been launched to boost industrial competitiveness and investment in the EU via cross-regional cooperation and networking by supporting European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments. These partnerships will facilitate cluster cooperation in thematic areas related to regional smart specialisation strategies and increase the involvement of the industry in…

Drone Days 2018 address dual use drone technologies

From 9 until 11 March, the Drone Days will gather professionals in the drone market, amateurs, recreational pilots, and drone fans in Brussels. This annual event promoting business opportunities with and around drones will cover for the first time dual use drone technologies. The exhibition area will feature companies and drone demos operating in many application domains. Pitching sessions of…

Organise your stakeholder workshop as part of the EU Industry Day

The European Commission is organising the 2nd 'European Industry Day' on 22-23 February 2018. On the first day of the event, stakeholder workshops can be organised and take place as part of the conference. The day will be opened by Commission Vice-President Katainen. It will feature a high-level round table, as well as the stakeholder workshops.  Stakeholders from any sector of industry or the…

Sector Skills Alliances webinar-Infoday on 1 December

The Infoday for the Sector Skills Alliances call will take place online on 1st December at 14.00 as an interactive webinar. Sector Skills Alliances are part of the 2018 Erasmus+ call currently open until 28 February 2018. In particular Sector Skills Alliances Lot 2 – Development of Training is relevant for the defence sector. Interested participants can send questions related to the call before…

Estonian government and region’s cluster to host defence conference

Estonia’s Minister of Defence and the country’s Defence and Security Industry Innovation Cluster will host a two-day conference in Tallinn during 30 November and 1 December to explore the options for boosting Europe’s defence innovation and its industrial base. Dubbed “eESTI” (Event for European Science, Technology & Innovation) the conference will build on the Commission’s launch of the…

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…