Open calls

Third Call 2023

The Council of Minister has approved the Defence Science and Technology Programme for 2023, including the third DEFRA call.
The third call of the DEFRA programme covers the following research themes:

  • Theme 1: CYBER – Automated certification of software
  • Theme 2: Autonomous systems – Human-machine Teaming
  • Theme 3: Open theme SMEs - Research on innovative and future-oriented defence solutions with specific interest for CBRN-Medical Response, Decontamination and Protection and Weapon Systems - Improved ammunition systems
  • Theme 4: Advanced sensor technologies - Radar and (multi)-sensor systems
  • Theme 5: Materials - Protective characteristics

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Closed calls

Second Call 2022
Covering four research themes:
1. Space weather for security and defence applications
2. 5/6G for military, security and crisis applications
3. Sustainable and "green" energy applications for military use
4. Preventive medicine for improved soldier fitness

First Call 2021
covering three research themes:
1. NEET: Employment of NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) for Belgian Defence
2. SEHS: Small Energy Harvesting systems for Defence applications
3. SPACE: Space technologies for Defence applications