The Preparatory action on defence research (PADR) provides an overall budget of €90 million over 2017-2019 for supporting joint defence research at EU level. It is a test phase in view of the preparation of the research component of the future European defence fund, a more ambitious EU defence research and development programme to launch under the next EU multi-annual financial framework as of 2021.
Under the PADR, 2 rounds of calls for proposals occurred in 2017 and 2018. The third and last call for proposals published on 21 March 2019 with the topic PADR-FDDT-OPEN-03-2019 'Challenging the future' is open from 4 June to 3 September 2019 for proposal submission.
The 2019 PADR call for proposals is published on the Commission’s funding and tender opportunities portal, together with all related documents and templates.
What will be addressed?
The Commission will inform about the particularities of this call, which is looking for proposals on cutting-edge, high-risk/high-impact research leading to a game-changing impact in defence.
This topic is open for all themes, but proposals must demonstrate that they have all of the following characteristics
- a disruptive impact in a defence context
- radical vision
- breakthrough technological targets
On this occasion, the Commission will present the 2-stage evaluation procedure, including an assessment of the defence disruptive character of the first-stage outline proposal.
Who is this for?
This information event will be a unique opportunity to improve your knowledge about the context, the objectives and the participation modalities of the call topic PADR-FDDT-OPEN-03-2019 'challenging the future'.
Representatives from legal entities established in the 28 EU countries and Norway are welcome. Industry, be it larger companies or small and medium enterprises, defence industry associations or clusters, national or European research institutes and universities are invited to participate. The Commission particularly encourages actors who are traditionally not active in the defence sector to participate at this information event.
How to participate?
1. Register online by 20 June 2019, indicating the preferred choice of attendance either at Brussels, or via web streaming.
2. The registration is validated by a confirmation email.
3. Following the confirmation, Brussels participants will receive a formal invitation to participate in the information day. Admission will only be granted upon presentation of the invitation and valid ID. In addition, attendance is limited to 2 persons per organisation. Participants registered for the web streaming will receive the link to the website via the invitation.
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