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The recently adopted European Defence Fund (EDF) will be equipped with a budget of almost € 8 billion to support defence cooperation, especially in terms of collaborative research and capability development. Collaborative projects usually require at least 3 participants from 3 different Member States of the EU.

Since defence traditionally has been a national domain, the support of EDF will amplify national efforts and allow for innovations in the defence industry, also enabling small, medium business to be a part of Europe’s industrial base in this strategic sector and setting aside a smaller portion of the budget for disruptive projects.

The following diagram made by the European Commission shows the funding mechanism and the interaction between national and EU funding.

The first calls for proposal are expected in summer of this year 2021.
More information is available in the factsheet here.

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