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Launch Defence-BRIDGES Call

The Directorate of Defence of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Ministry of the Economy, the FNR and Luxinnovation join forces to offer a new funding opportunity to enterprises and research organisations (“Stakeholders”) looking to develop defence technologies (products, services and systems). Phase 1 project proposals can be submitted from 15 April until 14 June, Phase 2 deadline is 30 September 2024. A webinar for applicants takes place on 29 March.

Webinar: First Webinar for applicants on 29 March: register here

While the European Commission (EC) – under Horizon Europe – and the European Space Agency (ESA) R&D activities are related to pure civilian applications, the European Defence Agency (EDA) and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), as well as EC’s European Defence Fund (EDF), are focussing on dual-use and defence applications. With the EU striving for more autonomy, cooperation in defence R&D within EDA, NATO and the EDF is key. To prepare the Luxembourgish industry for future international R&D collaborations that contribute to the EU Capability Development Plan and the Strategic Compass, the technologies to be developed through this Call must be innovative dual-use solutions addressing both defence and civil community needs. 

In line with Luxembourg’s vision for a digital and sustainable economy by 2025 as well as national (Luxembourg Defence Guidelines 2035) and EU (the 2023 EU Capability Development Plan, A Strategic Compass for Security and Defence ) priorities in Defence as well as the EU-NATO Joint Declarations on Cooperation (2023), focussing on military mobility, resilience and protection of critical infrastructures, emerging disruptive technologies, security implications of climate change, Space and Foreign information manipulation and interference, consortia will focus on the following topics:

  • Call topic 1: SMART MOBILITY
Read more on Go to Defence-BRIDGES programme page