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The first results of the programme demonstrate the success of the Programme in attracting visionary ideas contributing to resilience and competitiveness in the European defence sector as well as underpinning cooperation among market players, independently of their size and their origin within the EU. With the right level of financing, the European Defence Fund will enable to significantly scale-up the success achieved by the EDIDP today and build another milestone in European Defence cooperation

Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market

The European Defence Fund

An image of a drone in flight The European Defence Fund is the Commission's key initiative to support, with the EU budget, collaborative research and development of defence capabilities. Under the next multiannual financial framework of the Union (2021-2027), the Fund will financially support consortia of companies from different member states undertaking cooperative defence research and development of defence products and technologies. The Fund also includes mechanisms to stimulate the opening of supply chains.

The pilot programmes

Two precursor programmes preceded  the European Defence Fund. They have a limited duration and budget:

Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR)

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The PADR is a programme launched in 2017 aiming to prepare the research component of the  European Defence Fund (EDF) by preparing and testing  mechanisms that  identify, organise and deliver a variety of  cooperative defence research and technology  (R&T) activities. With a total budget of €90 million, PADR has funded a total of 18 collaborative research projects.



    European Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP)

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    EDIDP is an industrial programme of the EU aiming to support the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the union's defence industry. 16 defence industrial projects from across the EU are now on track to receive EDIDP funding support totalling €500 million for the period 2019-2020.



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