Based on mandates by the European Council and the Council of UE, EDA encourages strong involvement of Small-and-Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in EU funding programmes and facilitates Defence stakeholders’ access to relevant EU funding mechanisms.
To this end, within the priorities identified under the Capability Development Plan (CDP), the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA) and the identified Key Strategic Activities (KSA - i.e. technologies, manufacturing facilities, skills), EDA works on:
building capacity both among Ministries of Defence (MoDs) and across the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB on how to access EU funding opportunities;
informing wider European Union (EU) policies to make EU funding more accessible to the defence sector;
supporting access to funding at European level both for national and cooperative defence projects.