Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research

Jun 18, 2015

Start Date: 07/2013
Type of work: programme under development with a launch date in 2017
Participating Countries: all
Other partners:  European Commission

Cooperative defence research programmes are essential for sustaining and fostering key military capabilities in Europe, and for addressing capability shortfalls. The European Commission plans on launching a Preparatory Action (PA) on CSDP-related research with a view of inserting a thematic area on CSDP-research in the next framework programme, after Horizon 2020, in support of European defence cooperation and of the European defence industries. EDA, as the hub of defence research at EU-level is a natural partner of the Commission in the preparations of both the Preparatory Action and its follow-on programme in the next multi-annual financial framework. Therefore the Commission and EDA organise consultation meetings with the Member States, in the form of workshops, to discuss the main questions of the PA.

Project goals

  • Organise consultations with the Ministries of Defence of the 27 EDA Member States
  • Consolidate the views of the Member States in order to build a solid research programme for CSDP
  • Provide views to the European Commission for the launch of the PA in 2017
  • Beside the workshops, set up topical working groups on complex sub-issues, such as the IPR scheme (Intellectual Property Rights Scheme)

Detailed description of the project 

EDA and the European Commission recognise that investing today in future-oriented defence research programmes is crucial to developing the capabilities that are required tomorrow. 

The Commission, which currently finances exclusively civilian or dual-use R&D through its 80billion€ Horizon 2020 programme, considers the Preparatory Action as a major instrument for testing the added-value of CSDP-related research within a permanent EU framework. 

If successful, the Preparatory Action could pave the way to a fully-fledged EU defence R&D programme within the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027). The key aspect in assessing the added value will certainly be the uptake of the technology research by the industry and the Ministries of Defence which will ensure the production of new strategic capabilities for armed forces in Europe and increase the competitiveness of the European defence technological and industrial base. 

The Preparatory Action will be launched in 2017 before becoming part of the MFF 2021-2027. A certain number of questions related to implementation modalities still need to be worked out before the launch of the programme: 

  • Decision mechanism on the work programme 
  • Evaluation of the proposals 
  • Rules for participation 
  • Funding scheme 
  • IPR scheme

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Participating Member States

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • UK