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  • May 18, 2017

It can be a challenge to keep track of EU defence industry relevant information. Below we compile an assortment of quick access points to key resources that could be of use for your business.
Calls for proposals and tenders

Funding & financing tools

  • European Funding Gateway: EDA platform proposing links to all EU-funded programs. IdentiFunding: a tool built by the EDA to help companies identify which EU-funded programme best suits their specific projects. Identifunding was launched in March 2019 as a part of the EDA Funding Gateway resource. Funding opportunities include grants, loans and equity. Since 2019, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has been included in the tool.
  • European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): EDA webpage which gives an overview of how the ESIF may be accessed by defence companies for co-funding investment projects. Co-funding opportunities can be found in national, regional and local research and innovation, ICT, and SME competitiveness projects; cross-border projects, transnational projects, projects supporting skills and competences.  
  • Under the European Executive Agency for SMEs(EASME), the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs programme (COSME) provides financial support.  Access to EU COSME Programmeis a platform built by the EDA to inform on access to loans, equity and funding opportunities for defence SMEs and clusters. The EDA platform includes contact points of financial intermediaries and the European Enterprise Network (EEN) and supports online networking.
  • European Network of Defence-related Regions (ENDR): a platform launched by the European Commission, created to support the coordination of regional authorities and clusters to share views on accessing EU funding. ENDR Questions page: weblink to submit questions related to the EDF.
  • Financial Toolbox: a European Commission page describing how financial toolbox instruments can be used to address financing challenges for collaborative development and procurement in the context of the European Defence Fund (EDF).

EU Defence Programmes FAQs

SME-specific resources

Sharing your expertise at EU level

  • EDA Expert groups: groups composed of national experts are formed around specific cooperation topics:  Integrated Development Teams, Project Teams and Capability and Technology groups. Industry Research & Technology representatives are included in Capability Technology (CapTech) groups. 
  • EDIDP expert database: Apply here for the call for expression of interest to assist the European Commission with tasks in connection with the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (2019-2020)
  • Work as an expert: The general European Commission website for registration to provide specific professional expertise.

EU defence industry directory

NATO defence investment and agencies

Defence data

Food for thought

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Isabelle Maelcamp
Senior Defence Adviser
Alessandro Riccardo Ungaro
Defence Manager
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