European Defence Agency (EDA) publishes three new calls

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has published three calls for proposals for 2018 for the EU’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR). The calls are Strategic Technology Foresight (PADR-STF-2018), Electronic Design Technologies for Defence Applications (PADR-EDT-2018) and Effects (PADR-EF-2018). Deadline for submitting applications for all three calls is June 28, 2018.

Each call has one topic:

  • Electronic Design Technologies for Defence Applications: European high-performance, trustable (re)configurable system-on-a-chip or system-in-package components for defence applications with a budget of € 12 million;
  • Effects: Towards a European high power laser effector with a budget of € 5.4 million;
  • Strategic Technology Foresight: The European Defence Research Runway – part II with a budget of € 1.9 million.

On April 12, 2018 EDA and the European Commission will organise an Information Day & Brokerage Event on the PADR in Brussels. Registration will be possible as of March 21. The event aims at providing industry, research entities and other interested defence stakeholders with first-hand information on the 2018 PADR calls.


The PADR is a first essential step, limited in time and in budget, to test the added value of the EU budget supporting defence research. It will pave the way to a substantial defence research programme within the context of the next multi-annual financial framework post 2020.

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