The European Defence Agency (EDA) issued on 1 February 2023 its call for applications to its first ever EDA Research, Technology, and Innovation Papers Awards. This contest will reward a total of three original and valuable defence-related papers covering technologies, processes and applications for enhanced future defence. 


The contest’s scope is to promote and support the work of early career researchers by introducing their work to the defence community. The expectations from this call for papers is to promote RTI by looking for a different way to cover current defence needs and gaps. Participants to this call for papers would be requested to think “out of the box”. 


TOPIC: ‘’Innovative Technologies, Processes and Applications for Enhanced Future Defence Capabilities.’’ 

Paper submitted to the award should stress:

  • Innovativeness and Disruptiveness
  • Dual use potential (spin-in to defence)
  • Long term application (2035 onwards)
  • Cross-fertilization between fields 


Best 3 Papers will be rewarded with EUR 4.000 each, plus covered travel expenses (up to EUR 1.000 each) for the awardees to give a pitch about their papers during the EU Defence Innovations Days event, to be held in Brussels (31 May-1 June). 



Publication of call for papers: 1 February 2023 
Deadline for submissions: 2 April 2023 at 17h00 (Brussels time). 
Evaluation:  April-May 2023 
Papers presentation + Public presentation of the winner: 31 May 2023. During the EU Defence Innovation Days 2023 


Full information available at the LINK

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