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EU Defence Innovation Scheme (EUDIS)
Disruptive Technology Calls


Disruptive technologies

A call for proposals on disruptive technologies for defence is aimed for research proposals on cutting-edge, high-risk/high-impact research leading to game changing impact in a defence context.

The proposals should focus on enhanced or completely new technologies that bring about a paradigm shift in the concept and conduct of defence affairs such as by replacing existing defence technologies or rendering them obsolete.

The European Defence Fund (EDF) supports actions that can help develop disruptive technologies based on concepts or ideas originating from “non-traditional defence’s state-of-art” or emerging technologies equally disruptive, contributing to the development of innovative defence systems.


Rewards & Benefits

  • Unique focus, fostering SME presence in disruptive technologies through the specific research call for a smaller size consortium of minimum two entities from two EU Member States and Norway


  • Receive 100% of required funding

  • Successful beneficiaries can receive business coaching: reduce the time of bringing results to the next phase of development

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How does it work?

This is an open and non-thematic call and it follows the same rules as non-thematic calls reserved for SMEs. 

A total of up to EUR 16 million are available under this call in 2024, with the requested funding not exceeding EUR 4 million per proposal.

Applicants need to be members of a consortium (at least two companies), based in at least two different Member States.

Successful applicants receive funding in the form of a lump sum grant.


Who can apply?

This call encourages the driving role of new actors in defence research and innovation, including excellent researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs and visionary research centres of big companies, universities or research and technology organisations.

Information on the 2024 Call:

Non-thematic research actions targeting disruptive technologies for defence (EDF-2024-LS-RA-DIS-NT)

Information on the 2023 Call:

Non-thematic research actions targeting disruptive technologies for defence (EDF-2023-LS-RA-DIS-NT)

The 2023 round of EUDIS calls for proposals is now closed. The results of the evaluation are expected to be announced by the end of the second quarter of 2024.

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