The European Defence FUND (EDF) is a large EC programme to stimulate the defence industry. This program is in addition to the Horizon Europe programme, which is only allowed to fund civil research. EDF will finance both research and innovation projects. The projects financed by the EC require cooperation between companies, knowledge institutions and universities. The EC strives for greater involvement of SMEs. Based on the preparatory activities for the EDF, the European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP), it can be expected that space technology will also be included in the scope in the coming years. The budget for the entire program is 7.953 billion euros (price level 2021) and there is co-financing from the ministry of economic affairs and climate.
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