EC adopts 2019 work programmes for defence research projects worth € 525 million
On 19 March 2019, the European Commission (EC) adopted work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500 million. A further €25 million have been earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals launched also on 19 March 2019.
The first European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) work programme agreed with the Member States provides €500 million in co-financing for the joint development of defence capabilities during 2019-2020. In the coming days the Commission will publish 9 calls for proposals for 2019, and 12 further calls will follow for 2020. These calls will cover priority areas in all domains – air, land, sea, cyber and space - and will focus on areas including drone technology, satellite communication, early warning systems, artificial intelligence, cyberdefence or maritime surveillance. The 2019 Work Programme for the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) will dedicate €25 million for research in Electromagnetic Spectrum Dominance and Future Disruptive Defence Technologies. Both PADR and EDIDP are precursors to the European Defence Fund, due to be operational as of 2021.
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