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1 The European Structural Funds in the Defence Sector Business Opportunities with EU Entities & the Use of EU Structural Funds Helsinki, 25 th March 2014

2 2 Content  Objectives  EDA Lines of action - Raising awareness - Supporting pilot projects - Developing a methodology  Way ahead

3 3 Objectives  To promote innovation across the EDTIB developing key technological and industrial capabilities  To identify innovative ways of funding dual use R&T projects  To support defence SMEs; one of the key actions included in EDA’s Action Plan for SMEs

4 4 EDA lines of action  Raise awareness of Ministries of Defence and defence industry/SMEs;  Identify and support eligible pilot projects in R&T and industrial capabilities for the European Structural Funds;  Developing a methodology to be used by defence stakeholders to increase eligibility for future projects.

5 5 Raising awareness In 2013 EDA organized: Seminars in 4 Member States (PT, PL, BG, IE) Workshops with industry sectors Training sessions for MoD and industry experts S3 seminar (joint EDA-EC) Main objectives:  To familiarize and mobilize key stakeholders at regional level in academia, research institutes, defence and security industries especially SMEs; and  To influence better use of European Structural Funds for dual application projects in the field of defence and security.

6 6 Raising awareness (2) More than 700 key experts, SMEs, universities, federal and regional administrations in charge of structural funds, innovation, defence and security, technology attended those seminars. Main outcomes:  A first positive dialogue between MoDs and the Ministries managing Structural Funds  A knowledge transfer to the military and civilian R&T community  Creation of good contacts with operational stakeholders in charge of the coordination of Cohesion Policy and ERDF programmes  Initiate a new mind set and cooperation spirit regarding dual use R&T projects

7 7 Supporting eligible projects  72 potential projects from 12 MS were identified  7 projects selected, with focus on key R&T priorities  The selection process was composed by two main steps: Preliminary Project holder and co-funding Assessment 6 criteria 6 criteria:  EDA key priorities for MS  Project readiness  Project consistency  Impact on EDTIB  Economic & social impact  Dual use technologies

8 8 Supporting eligible projects (2) CountryProject BulgariaImprovement of the urban security and defence through the implementation of advance detection sensors' system PolandIntruder detection and collision avoidance system for flight aircraft GermanyAdaptation of SWIR technology for high resolution hyper spectral and imaging applications PortugalTurtle: increased sustainability of operations in the sea bottom by developing key technologies FranceEuropean icing testing platform for aeronautics United KingdomMicrowave Epitaxial SpainUnderwater signature monitoring and analysis (USMA) Centre

9 9 Supporting eligible projects (3) 2 projects (PL-PT) submitted successfully/ Both announced eligible to financial support by the regional authorities One of them (PT) received 770K ESF funds out of 1,2M eligible project budget (60% from EU SF) 4 projects have been prepared for the new programming period 44 projects advise to enhance eligibility

10 10 Supporting eligible projects (4): TURTLE* Objectives To develop Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) for a sustainable and long term presence in the ocean To develop new robotic ascend and descent energy efficient technologies to be incorporated in robotic vehicles Duality Defence: advanced underwater marine systems and robotics extending the range, endurance and depth of operations possible to be performed in Deep Sea Civil: allowing the development of new and more capable automated robotic solutions for underwater use namely on exploration, scientific data gathering, fisheries etc. *Silva Matos Metalomecanica S.A, INESC PORTO, ISEP, CINAV

11 11 Developing a methodology EDA upon experience and results of work so far will continue supporting defence stakeholders on accessing European Structural Funds

12 12 Building on the experience!! No obstacles identified in order to use structural funds for dual use projects Concrete project ideas-Anticipating to the priorities Committed project holders – Build the proper partnership Apply the methodology Mobilization-Bridging of all relevant stakeholders: Ministries/Regional authorities/Industry/Academia

13 13 Way ahead Capacity building- Transfer of know-how In 2014, EDA upon MoDs invitation, will continue organizing seminars and training activities in the MS Training or informative sessions will be organized also in the frame of the regular EDA working groups/CapTechs, with the participation of MS, industry and academia EDA Handbook: practical information/steps to be followed by defence stakeholders to access structural funds EDA will take advantage of EU, government or B2B events to promote use of structural funds for dual-use projects

14 14 Way ahead (2) Supporting eligible projects Upon EDA’s specific calls to be issued through the MoDs, EDA will collect, asses and select project proposals for further support EDA will provide free of charge support to the project holders in developing the application folders EDA calls will include among others: areas of priority, predetermined criteria, application format etc. Unsolicited project proposals delivered to EDA outside the EDA calls, will not be assessed

15 15 Way ahead (3) Areas of focus: Key Capability Priorities: Space, Cyber, RPAS Addressing EDTIB priorities Energy efficiency- Low carbon economy Skills and competences Territorial cooperation: Priority on Maritime Security SMEs involvement Boosting regional development

16 16 Implementing EU Council Conclusions, Dec.2013 Support to SMEs Stimulating dual-use research Addressing EU key capabilities-priorities

17 17 Focus on Thematic Objectives The upcoming opportunities of the programming period The next programming period slightly different from : 1.Research & innovation 2.Information & communication technologies (ICT) 3.Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) 4.Shift towards a low-carbon economy 5.Climate change adaptation & risk prevention and management 6.Environmental protection & resource efficiency 7.Sustainable transport & removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures 8.Employment & supporting labour mobility 9.Social inclusion & combating poverty 10.Education, skills & lifelong learning 11.Institutional capacity building & efficient public administrations The RIS3 requires national/regional authorities to identify the unique characteristics and assets of each country and region, so as to focus on policy support and investments received through Structural Funds. Stakeholder participation and ownership is essential to the development of these strategies. Be based on regional and national Research & Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisations (RIS3)

18 18 Focus on Thematic Objectives The upcoming opportunities of the programming period The next programming period will be slightly different from : 1.Research & innovation 2.Information & communication technologies (ICT) 3.Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) 4.Shift towards a low-carbon economy 5.Climate change adaptation & risk prevention and management 6.Environmental protection & resource efficiency 7.Sustainable transport & removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures 8.Employment & supporting labour mobility 9.Social inclusion & combating poverty 10.Education, skills & lifelong learning 11.Institutional capacity building & efficient public administrations The RIS3 requires national/regional authorities to identify the unique characteristics and assets of each country and region, so as to focus on policy support and investments received through Structural Funds. Stakeholder participation and ownership is essential to the development of these strategies. Be based on regional and national Research & Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisations (RIS3) EDA READY TO SUPPORT

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