European Defence Agency (EDA) – Capability Technology Groups

What are the EDA Capability Technology Groups?

EDA has established a number of specific Capability Technology groups (‘CapTechs’) to undertake research & technology (R&T) activities in response to agreed defence capability needs. They also contribute to projects and programmes from wider policy areas with their specific expertise.


One of the principale roles of the CapTechs is the identification of technology gaps and common areas of interest for cooperation. This is facilitated by the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA), the R&T planning tool providing a shared vision of the most important challenges in the R&T domain in which a European collaborative approach would be beneficial to support the development of defence capabilities.

OSRA defines Technology Building Blocks (TBB) focused on specific defence R&T areas. Developed in the CapTechs, each TBB provides an in-depth assessment including a roadmap with concrete project ideas.

In total there are 15 CapTechs, located in the Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) Directorate. The CapTech membership is drawn from governmental organisations, research and technology organisations (RTOs), industry, academia, as well as small and medium sized enterprises. Each CapTech has a moderator appointed by the EDA who organises and chairs the meetings and who is responsible for the day to day activities of the CapTech.


For each CapTech Group, a CapTech National Coordinator (CNC) is identified. Please contact the Belgian EDA R&T PoC for more information.

How to become member of a Capability Technology Group?

Registrations can be facilitated by contacting the appropriate CapTech moderator via the functional email address that can be found on each of the individual CapTech pages: link.

In case of problems, please contact the Belgian CNC.