This call encourages the driving role of innovative SMEs to turn technology and research results into defence products in a fast and cost-efficient way, possibly by adapting technologies from civil applications or addressing hybrid warfare.
Successful SME beneficiaries may be offered Business Coaching, to reduce the time of bringing the results to the next phase of development.
The proposals must address innovative defence products, solutions and technologies, including those that can improve readiness, deployability, reliability, safety and sustainability of forces in defence tasks and missions, for example in terms of operations, equipment, infrastructure, energy solutions, surveillance systems or digital solutions.
The proposals can address any subject of interest for defence.
However, the proposals must address at least one activity among design, system prototyping, testing, qualification, certification and increasing efficiency.
The proposals must describe a clear work breakdown structure and link the proposed tasks to eligible activities.
Proposals should include clear descriptions of the proposed criteria to assess work package completion.
This call is open to any technology development for defence. Proposals should describe the targeted functionalities and the foreseen means to measure progress toward the achievements of these functionalities.
– Innovative, rapid and cost-effective solutions for defence applications.
– Ground-breaking or novel concepts and approaches, new promising future technological improvements or the application of technologies or concepts previously not applied in the defence sector.
– Enhanced innovation capacity across Europe by involvement of SMEs that can make a difference in the future.
– Potential for future market creation for SMEs, especially by facilitating access of SMEs to defence markets and supply chains.
– Contribution to the development of European technological and industrial ecosystems and to the strengthening of European defence supply chains.