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The European Defence Market provides opportunities for innovative and commercial activities. The European Defence Agency (EDA), created in 2004, is an intergovernmental agency that supports its member states in the development of joint defence capabilities. In 2021, the European Commission has launched the European Defence Fund to finance defence research and innovation activities in the European Union.

The European Defence Fund (EDF) is the European Commission’s funding programme for defence research and development, aimed at fostering a European innovative and competitive defence industrial base. The €8 billion programme, which will be available from 2021-2027, is open to companies of all size and research performing organisations from the 27 member states and from Norway. Taking into consideration both the EU defence capability priorities and the technological gaps identified by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the member states, the EDF is based on thematic calls released in an annual Work Programme.

European Defence Agency (EDA)

The European Defence Agency (EDA) supports its 26 member states – all EU countries except Denmark – in improving their defence capabilities and supporting the European defence industry technological base (EDITB) through European cooperation.

Regarding the technological aspects, EDA and its member states have established various capability technology (CapTech) groups in charge of identifying projects that will contribute to overcome the technology gaps (TBB) as defined in the context Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA). In the frame of these CapTechs, research and technology ad-hoc projects and studies on commonly agreed priorities can be supported with national funding on a direct award basis. These priorities can be used as inputs for potential projects in the frame of the European Defence Fund.

The CapTech groups gather representatives from industry and government and thereby give direct access to the ordering clients.

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07 December 2021

EDA Annual Conference 2021: Innovation in Defence

(Brussels & Online)

The EDA Annual Conference 2021: Innovation in European Defence will take place on 7 December in a hybrid format, both online and in Brussels.  Read more

17 December 2021

European Defence Agency - Capability Development Plan and the Strategic Context Cases - Infosession

Luxinnovation is inviting you to an information session on the EU Capability Development Plan which identifies EU Capability Development Proprirites and the related Strategic Context Cases. Read more

24 February 2022

NIDV Exhibition Defence and Security

Rotterdam (Netherlands) - Onsite

The NIDV Exhibition Defence and Security (NEDS) is the annual event for the Defence and Security industry and governments in the Netherlands and is organized by the Netherlands Defence and Security Industry Foundation. Read more

24 February 2022

2022 GOVSATCOM – conference for EU Defence and Security

European Convention Center (Luxembourg) - On-site

The GOVSATCOM conference Luxembourg has become a key event on the agenda of the International SATCOM actors from the satellite, governmental, institutional and defence fields. This edition gathered over 500 participants and around 30 speakers. Read more

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European Defence Fund launches first calls for proposals

14-07-2021

Following the recent launch of the European Defence Fund (EDF), 23 calls for proposals in support of collaborative defence R&D projects are now open. In order to pave the way for Luxembourg organisations wanting to be part of project consortia, Luxinnovation and its international partners are offering matchmaking opportunities.
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Projects to be promoted in the field of defence

28-04-2021

With the European Defence Fund, companies in the Benelux countries are helped to create consortia to carry out R&D projects in the field of security and defence.
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