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Selection of model defence-related regions to co-organise an event with the European Commission

Selection of model defence-related regions to co-organise an event with the European Commission
Published on: 18/01/2016
This selection process is addressed to regional organisations interested in sharing best practices in the area of their dual use strategy with other regions. Particular attention will be given to how these strategies benefit the competitiveness of defence-related SMEs.

Dual-use refers to products, services and technologies that can address the needs of both civil and defence communities. This can cover a wide range of areas, such as electronics, ICT, photonics, advanced manufacturing, materials, navigation, aeronautics etc.

Three model regions will be selected to receive support from the European Commission to set up a regional event to promote the development and dissemination of regional dual-use strategies, exchange information and explore ways to concretely help SMEs to develop dual use projects by means of harvesting opportunities offered by EU programmes.

The event will include a peer review that will look into how dual-use has been integrated into the selected region’s smart specialisation strategies. Each event will also include networking and B2B opportunities for SMEs.

Interested regional organisations are invited to submit a short concept note (max. 5 pages) that responds to the selection process by describing their vision for a modern dual-use strategy and how they are involving relevant stakeholders in designing and implementing their dual-use strategy. The region shall also highlight their commitment to sharing their experiences and approaches with others. Submissions must be made by 18 March 2016 at the latest.

Priority will be given to regions with the highest ambitions and pragmatic yet innovative ideas on how to share their knowledge during the regional event. The intention is to inform applicants of the outcome of the selection by the end of April 2016. The aim will be to organise a regional event in the period between September 2016 and December 2017.

Download the full corrigendum with more information on the selection process.