What we do BG

Given the magnitude of the task and the shortage of research funding at national levels, Member States are rightly seeking synergies and cost benefits from collaborative projects at European level, notably through EDA.

With its specialized Capability Technology Groups (‘CapTechs’) composed of  national experts, industry and research organisations, EDA offers Member States a tailor-made platform where they can voluntarily engage in collaborative defence research projects which are of interest to them. Since its creation in 2004, EDA has managed some 200 R&T projects, worth over €1,1 billion. 

EDA also ensures that Member States make best use of existing and upcoming EU funding for defence-related research, especially the European Commission’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) which is managed by EDA and preparing the ground for a fully-fletched EU Defence Research Programme under the European Defence Fund (EDF) as of 2021.