EUDIS targets SMEs, start-ups, and other small players new to the defence sector. The EDF includes specific calls targeting SMEs to lower entry barriers into the defence domain.
Rewards & Benefits
Funding opportunity for R&D of innovative defence products, solutions and technologies.
Submit project proposals for development actions with funding up to EUR 6 million and project proposals for research action with funding up to EUR 4 million per project, as innovative SME get a driving role to turn technology and research results into defence products.
Address any subject of interest for defence and receive grant funding for a wide array of topics.
Beneficiaries can receive business coaching: reduce the time of bringing results from research to development, or eventually to the market.
How does it work?
Every year there are two open and non-thematic SME R&D calls targeting SMEs and RTOs.
A call for research actions is aimed for consortiums of SMEs and research organizations. This call topic is open to any technological research for defence. The coordinator of the consortium needs to be an SME. The budget allocated to research organisations cannot exceed 40% of the total grant amount requested. The call is open for several applications with total budget of EUR 36 million.
More information is available here:
A call for development actions is aimed for consortia of SMEs. This call topic is open to any technology development for defence. The proposals should describe the targeted functionalities and the foreseen means to measure progress toward the achievements of these functionalities. More information:
SME Calls concern innovations addressing any subject of interest for defence, such as, but not limited to:
- blockchain applications (e.g., for identification of friend or foe)
- tools and applications improving cybersecurity talents screening
- artificial intelligence and robotic autonomous systems
- future naval platform control and management
- smart damage control related to future naval platforms
- ship signature management
- secure and reliable underwater communication solutions and interfaces (radiofrequency, acoustic, optic or others)
- measurement and monitoring of physiological and cognitive state of soldiers
- solutions for mechanical and “green” chemical recycling of waste of soldier individual equipment (uniforms, helmets, boots, rucksacks, plastic elements, harness, etc.)
Up to EUR 4 million of funding available per research proposal and up to EUR 6 million of funding per development proposal.
To apply for this call, consult the EDF Work Programme and the Commission’s Funding and Tender Opportunities online portal.
Applicants need to be members of a consortium (at least three companies) based in at least three different Member States.
Successful applicants receive funding in the form of a lump sum grant.
Open and non-thematic SME research calls specifically target SMEs and research organisations. Open and non-thematic SME development calls target SMEs. Applicants need to be members of a consortium (at least three companies) based in at least three different Member States.
No. Applicants need to be members of a consortium (at least three companies) based in at least three different Member States.
To apply for the open and non-thematic SME call, applicants should consult the Work Programme as well as the Commission’s Funding and Tender Opportunities online portal.
The open and non-thematic SME call contained in the 2023 Work Programme targeting development actions (EDF-2023-LS-DA-SME-NT) opens 15 June 2023. It closes 22 November 2023 (17:00:00 Brussels time).
The open and non-thematic SME call dedicated to SMEs and research organisations contained in the 2023 Work Programme targeting research actions (EDF-2023-LS-RA-SMERO-NT) opens 15 June 2023. It closes 22 November 2023 (17:00:00 Brussels time).
More information can be found in the Funding and Tenders online portal.
Calls targeting research actions (dedicated to SMEs and research organisation) are 100% funded.
Please see the funding rates for development actions:
EU baseline funding rate
EU maximum funding rate