Preparatory Action for Defence Research

Jun 7, 2017

Start Date: 04/2017
Type of work: Defence research projects
Participating Countries: EU Member States and Norway
Other partners:  European Commission

On 11 April, the European Commission adopted the ‘Decision on the financing of the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) and the use of unit costs for the year 2017’. The budget for the PADR related actions in 2017 is €25 million.

The Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) will be run by the European Defence Agency (EDA). A Delegation Agreement between the Commission and EDA was signed on 31st May 2017 by which the Commission entrusts the EDA with the management and implementation of the research projects to be launched within the PADR.

The Preparatory Action on Defence Research is a concrete step aimed at assessing and demonstrating the added-value of EU supported defence research and technology (R&T). The relevant results are expected to further deepen European defence cooperation, addressing capability shortfalls, and to strengthen European defence stakeholders.

The European Commission launched the PADR with a view of developing a future European Defence Research Programme (EDRP) as part of the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027).

Goals of the Preparatory Action for Defence Research

  • Demonstrate and assess added-value of EU-supported defence R&T
  • Results should foster further cooperation between MoDs and between EU defence industries
  • Prepare for a basic act to launch a substantial defence research programme from 2021 on-wards


The PADR 2017 work programme includes the following topics:

  • A technological demonstrator for enhanced situational awareness in a naval environment. The project aims to show the added value of unmanned systems in enhancing situational awareness while operating alongside and communicating with other manned and unmanned systems;
  • Research in technology and products in the context of Force Protection and Soldier Systems. This topic focuses on aspects such as future generic open soldier system reference architecture; technology advancements in tailor-made blast, ballistic and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) protection of military personnel; as well as novel developments in active and passive military camouflage methods;
  • Strategic technology foresight. Proposals will need to develop and validate a methodology and/or process to gather data. These foresight activities will be carried out on a recurring basis.  They will be used to develop realistic scenarios of potential future conflicts which will help scoping EU-funded defence research.
    Their implementation will be through grants. The calls for proposals are published in the Research and Innovation Participant Portal and are accessible from the EDA website.

Important dates 2017

7 June

Opening of the Calls for proposals

27 June

PADR InfoDay and Brokerage event

21 September

Deadline for submission for Force Protection and Soldier

21 September

Deadline for submission for Strategic Technology Foresight

5 October

Deadline for submission for Technology Demonstrator


PADR 2017 - Information Day & Brokerage Event

The event was held on 27 June 2017 in Brussels. Presentations, information on projects and Q&A are available at the links here below.

Important: The InfoDay, the brokerage sessions and all the related information and material have an informative purpose only. The only legally binding documents are those published in the Research and Innovation Participant Portal.

More information on PADR

Background Information



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