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EU Defence Innovation Scheme (EUDIS)
Technological Challenges


Technological challenges

A technological challenge is a type of Research & Development action.

Different teams address a challenging objective using a common testing environment set up for that purpose.

Technological challenges are particularly suited to studying complex systems, especially those involving artificial intelligence and machine learning, as they enable the objective and comparable measurement of the performances of such systems.

In a technological challenge, the organiser defines common experimental protocols in cooperation with the participating R&D teams before providing the environment enabling the teams to test their systems according to these protocols.

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Rewards and Benefits

  • Unique opportunity for innovators in a given domain to progress faster:
    • Gain privileged access to resources tailored to the objective
    • Perform unbiased experimental measurements
    • Gain first-hand information about the state-of-the-art
  • Fosters networking among the best teams in the domain
  • Results obtained by the teams can help them to get further support and funding

How does it work?

The European Defence Fund annual calls for proposals offer specific call topics for Participating or Organising a Technological Challenge:

For the 2023 calls for proposals, Technological Challenges concern: Agile and Robust Human Language Technologies for Defence

For more information on how to apply and what it takes to be selected, visit the topic call pages:

Access the Call for Organising a Technological Challenge

Access the Call for Participation in a Technological Challenge

Proposals can be submitted starting on 15 June 2023 until 22 November 2023.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Technological Challenges