This programme will be implemented by the Commission through annual calls for proposals, to be published in 2019 and in 2020. The programme, with a financial envelope of € 500 million will co-finance the joint development of defence products and technologies. The calls for proposals are based on a 2-year work programme defined in close cooperation with
EU countries and adopted by the European Commission on 19 March 2019. There will be 9 calls for proposals in 2019, and 12 in 2020.
The 2019 calls for proposals will address 9 categories of defence capabilities.
- In the priority area of Preparation, protection, deployment and sustainability (1 call):
1. Multipurpose unmanned ground system
- In the priority area of Information management and superiority and command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber defence and cyber security (4 calls):
2. Permanent air or space capabilities for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and communication, tactical Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) and sensor suite for integration into air-traffic management
3. Cyber situational awareness and defence capabilities, military networks and technologies for secure communication and information sharing
4. Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) and satellite communication capabilities
5. European Command and Control (C2) system from strategic to tactical level
- In the priority area of Engagement and effectors (3 calls):
6. Upgrade of current and development of next generation ground-based precision strike capabilities
7. Air combat capabilities
8. Future naval platforms and related technologies
- In the priority area of Cross-domain capabilities (1 call):
9. Innovative and future-oriented defence solutions
This last call will be specifically devoted to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) to encourage the participation of such enterprises and foster innovation. The Union’s financial support to actions resulting from the 2019 calls will be €243,250,000. EDIDP is a test phase towards the fully-fledge capability window of the European Defence Fund, scheduled for the period 2021-2027, which will be fitted with €13 billion.
2019 EDIDP work programme with description of actions