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TOPIC : The European Defence Research Runway – Part I

Topic identifier: PADR-STF-01-2017
Publication date: 07 June 2017

Types of action: PPPA-PADR-CSA Preparatory Action on Defence Research – Coordination and Support Action
Opening date:
07 June 2017
Deadline: 28 September 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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     Please note that the deadline for this call has been extended to 28-09-2017.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The current time period is characterised by rapid changes in many domains – geopolitical, economic, environmental and technological – which have huge effects on the global security situation. For the EU and for EU Member States it is therefore essential to continuously perform strategic technology foresight analyses so as to gain understanding of important trends and their defence and security implications. Essential parts of strategic technology foresight analysis are Horizon Scanning and Technology Watch (HS&TW): the signalling of emerging threats, the identification of emerging technologies and potential opportunities combined with a broad analysis of relevant technological developments. Performing a strategic technology foresight is challenging, not only because it is an activity aimed at a “moving target”, but also because it is not easy to identify and track the wide range of relevant technologies to be addressed in view of:

  • the added value of a common European approach in properly covering the full range of technologies and sources;
  • the need to build a common understanding of future technology and its impact on defence trends in order to plan and coordinate accordingly our actions;
  • the need for an innovative approach with respect to the way these activities traditionally are conducted;
  • the growing relevance of the civil technologies for defence and the need to include the developments in the civil sector in the exercise;
  • identifying new technologies.

This action should aim to support strategic technology foresight in the defence domain of individual Member States and of the EU as a whole by performing joint technology foresight activities supported by methodologies such as horizon scanning, technology watch, scientometric tools, expert consultation activities. The action should focus in particular on identifying emerging defence research areas for potential exploration in the next Multi-annual Financial Framework. The action should propose and validate a methodology and process for strategic technology foresight activities to be carried out cyclically. Such a methodology should take into account similar activities conducted in EDA, NATO and other military and/or civil organisations. Activities that should be considered could include, amongst others:

  • Collection of information (national sources, EU research programme, occidental and non-occidental sources);
  • Analysis (geopolitical trends, defence and security trends, technology, industrial trends);
  • Engagement with European industry trade bodies;
  • Evaluation/assessment for defence and security (future scenario-based evaluations such as Disruptive Technology Assessment Games, consultations of technology and military experts, input from “unconventional” groups with an outside view, more creative thinking, …);
  • Defining and setting up strategic trends for the medium and long term;
  • Management and controlled dissemination of results (secure web-based access with public and restricted dissemination).

The strategic technology foresight should be coupled to a process and method for scoping EU-funded defence research based on scenarios to illustrate potential future conflicts.

Proposals should include elements to ensure continued monitoring and updating beyond the action's lifetime.

The European Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 0.8 to 1.0 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

No more than one action will be funded.

Expected Impact:

The action should allow to

  • underpin coordination of defence research activities at the EU and national level;
  • prepare the long term agenda for defence research in the EU;
  • explore themes for a future European Defence Research Programme;
  • underpin coordination of agendas and optimisation of synergies between the EU defence and civil research activities under the next Multiannual Financial Framework;
  • test the approach through proposing topics for the Future Disruptive Technologies technology area in the last year of the PADR.
Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: Described in the General Annexes of the 2017 Calls for Proposals

       2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: Described in the General Annexes of the 2017 Calls for Proposals.

             Proposal page limits and layout: 50 pages

       3. Evaluation

            Selection and award criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold are described in the General Annexes of the 2017 Calls for Proposals

       4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement

  • Information on the outcome of the evaluation: Maximum 6 months from the final date for submission
  • Indicative date for the signing of grant agreements: Maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants


       5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

        Pilot Project & Preparation Action Grant (PPPA-AG):

    Standard proposal template
    Model Grant Agreement - Multi Beneficiary
    Model Grant Agreement - Mono-Beneficiary

    Agreement on background: Members of consortium should identify in the proposal the background for the Action, setting out in detail all existing restrictions on the use or export of this background.

    Special report: no special report is requested.

    All the results of the action will be made available to the Union for the duly justified purpose of developing, implementing and monitoring Union policies or programmes and to the Member States and countries associated to the Preparatory Action on Defence Research for purposes related to the use by or for their armed forces, or security or intelligence forces, including within the framework of their cooperative programmes. Such utilisation shall include, but be not limited to, the study, evaluation, assessment, research, design, development, manufacture, improvement, modification, maintenance, repair, refurbishment, and product acceptance and certification, operation, training, disposal and other post design services and product deployment, as well as the assessment and drafting of technical requirements for procurement.


    This topic is complementary with topic "PADR-STF-02-2018: The European Defence Research Runway – part II", which is planned for next year (subject to the adoption of the 2018 financing decision and to the approval of the budget by the EU budgetary authorities). Grant agreements under this topic will therefore include the options for 'complementary grants', (including, in particular additional access rights to background and results for the purposes of the complementary grant).

    Consortium agreement: Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

      7. Additional documents:
          Guide for Applicants
          2017 Calls for Proposals and General Annexes

Additional documents

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Please note that the automatic warning on the page limit for the full proposals has been disabled.
However, the page limit remains unchanged: For full proposals, the cover page and sections 1, 2 and 3, together should not be longer than 70 pages for Research Actions and 50 pages for Coordination and Support Action. Page limit does not apply to Section 4 Members of the consortium and 5 Ethical, legal and societal aspects and Security.