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15 September 2021 - 17 September 2021
European Defence Fund Information Days 2021

European Defence Fund (EDF)

Information Day & Networking Event

On 15-17 September 2021, the European Commission will organise a virtual information day and networking event for potential applicants to the European Defence Fund (EDF) 2021 calls for proposals.

The European Commission Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space invites you to participate in the EDF information event on the 2021 calls for proposals, published on 30 June on the Funding & tenders opportunities portal.

This is a FREE three-day virtual event that will consist of an info day to introduce the 2021 calls for proposals, explain participation modalities and present insights and expectations from the European Commission, followed by a 2-day brokerage and matchmaking event offering a unique international networking experience to forge winning defence research and development consortia.

What will be addressed?

The EDF provides €8 billion in co-financing over 2021-2027 for defence research and development in all operational and technological domains (land, sea, air, space, cyber, information, energy, materials, CBRN, etc.).

The Commission will present the EDF 2021 call topics, participation modalities and submission process. Additionally the event will provide a unique opportunity for applicants to pitch their ideas and expertise to leading companies, research organisations, academia, SMEs and cutting-edge innovators from across industries. The virtual brokerage event will allow you to extend your international network and create strategic partnerships through scheduled one-to-one meetings.

Background on EDF 2021 calls for proposals

The EDF 2021 work programme includes 23 competitive calls covering 37 topics for a total budget of €1.2 billion. The submission deadline is set to 9 December 2021.

All the EDF 2021 reference documents (Work Programme, descriptions of call topics and submission modalities, submission forms) are available on the European Commission Funding & tenders opportunities portal and here.

Who should participate?

Any entity interested in the EDF Calls for proposals and established in the European Union, in Norway, or in other third countries:

  • Industry (or industrial actors), midcaps and SMEs
  • Research and technology organizations
  • Universities
  • Public sector
  • Business associations
  • National authorities
  • International organisations

How to participate?

  1. Register online until 10 September 2021.
  2. Your registration will be confirmed with an automatic email.
  3. Following the validation of your profile by the organisers, you will receive a confirmation email and be able to start organising your participation to the networking event on 16-17 September.
  4. A few days before the event, you will receive the connection information for the info day on 15 September.

For further information, please contact DEFIS-EDF@ec.europa.eu

Location Virtual Event
Organised by
Participants 1543
Meetings 764
Italy 322
Spain 272
France 216
Belgium 209
Poland 135
Germany 134
Greece 95
Norway 73
Portugal 69
Finland 66
Romania 45
Croatia 44
Netherlands 44
Austria 43
Slovenia 42
Luxembourg 42
Sweden 41
Lithuania 41
Latvia 31
Bulgaria 27
Slovakia 25
Czech Republic 25
Hungary 24
Denmark 24
Cyprus 19
Estonia 18
Ireland 16
Malta 9
United Kingdom 5
United States 3
Switzerland 2
Brazil 2
India 1
Turkey 1
Israel 1
Total 2166
Company (SME) 523
Company (Industry) 531
Start-up 71
University 195
R&D Institution 362
Association/Agency/Cluster 98
Authority/Government 232
Consulting/Think Tank 68
International Organisation 48
Other 38
Total 2166