Underwater manned-unmanned teaming and swarms


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



Underwater manned-unmanned teaming and swarms


This topic addresses research for future capabilities addressing moving subsurface threats using manned-unmanned teaming and swarm technologies, possibly including surface and air platforms and components, particularly in confined and shallow waters (CSW). This System-of-Systems (SoS) should enable enhanced operational efficiency and performance. The actions in this topic should address state-of-the-art, and beyond, swarm control solutions. This includes analysis of centralised, distributed, and hybrid control models. Swarm control may employ control scheme with a global or local approach and their optimised combination. The control-scheme should adopt to mission type changes as the operation evolves from one phase to another. Guidance and control strategies for the swarm are also to be considered, where inductive and swarm internal cognitive-like self-control needs to be analysed.

Detailed Call Description

The aim is to develop swarming technologies up to at least TRL 4 and validated in seawater. The expected result of the research activities performed with the support of this call is a better mission performance result than the one obtained by an individual UxV or platform alone. This should take into account data sources of opportunity. The main challenges or factors to be solved to enable this are the following:

  • The SoS shares a common objective for all the individual components
  • The SoS can be composed of systems, vehicles, and platforms of different nature and capacities
  • The architecture and functions need to be derived and controlled by the task or mission aim that has been defined.
  • The SoS architecture and protocols enables it to utilise resources outside the cooperative system

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

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Defense
172-174 Strovolos Avenue, 2048 Strovolos, Nicosia,
website: https://mod.gov.cy/
Telephone: 22 807500
Email: defence@mod.gov.cy

Department of Research and Innovation
Phones: 22 807755, 22 807754
Email: research.innovation@mod.gov.cy

EU Contact Point

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