Covert sensing


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

European Defence Fund (EDF)

Programme Description

The European Defence Fund (EDF) is the Commission’s initiative to support collaborative defence research and development, and to foster an innovative and competitive defence industrial base.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Covert sensing


Due to the current geopolitical instability, European military forces will be obliged to participate in demanding military multi – domain operations like securing air superiority, land and sea control, border surveillance, traffic management, security of critical infrastructures, etc. Military information superiority is key to these operations, because they are relying on the best possible battlefield awareness, which is created by the exploitation of data acquired by modern sensors, integrated both in a range of platform and in a range of concepts of use enabled by the digital transformation of the battlefield.

Detailed Call Description

This topic aims at enhancing detection performance (such as range, sensitivity, resolution) of sensor systems to detect low signature targets, in the modern threedimensional operational environment while maintaining covert operation, without exposing presence, identity and location. It encompasses innovative concepts of sensor use, in particular the combination of multiple, heterogeneous sensors, potentially on different platforms.

Considered sensors may be electro-optical/infrared, radiofrequency and/or acoustic sensors, not excluding innovative sensor concepts. They must be passive or lowobservable active. The topic covers the enhancement of individual sensors as well as their interplay.

The sensors’ integration and interoperability with other sensors (networks) and connection to battlefield management systems must be addressed, e.g., through standardized data formats and interfaces or data processing (up to data fusion) on the sensor level.

Proposals should address the optimization of available sensor resources in order to achieve optimum surveillance results. Proposals should also address aspects of efficient data exploitation and data fusion close to the data source.

Call Total Budget

€25 000 000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Thematic Categories

  • Information Technology
  • Justice - Security
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Large Enterprises
  • Legal Entities
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Authority clusters
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies), established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)) or listed EEA countries (‘EDF associated countries’). Also, they must have their executive management structure established in eligible countries and must not be subject to control by a non-associated third country or non-associated third-country entity.

Consortium composition: Proposals must be submitted by minimum 3 independent applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Defense
172-174 Strovolos Avenue, 2048 Strovolos, Nicosia,
Telephone: 22 807500

Department of Research and Innovation
Phones: 22 807755, 22 807754

EU Contact Point

European Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS)