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About the programme

The European Defence Fund is the Commission's key initiative to support collaborative research and development of defence capabilities with the EU budget.

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.

Programme website

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposal

Open and upcoming calls for proposal under the European Defence Fund.

Budget and performance

Includes performance highlights, key performance indicators, and the performance framework and assessment.

Programme performance webpage

Programme features

Programme duration


Lead Directorate-General
Predecessor programme

European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP)

Management mode

Direct and indirect management

MFF heading

Security and Defence



Climate contribution

No target set in the legal basis ()

Total budget 2021-2027

€ 7.95 billion () (current prices)