European Defence Agency (EDA) – Hub for Defence Innovation (HEDI)


What is it?

The Hub for Defence Innovation (HEDI) has been established within EDA to foster innovative solutions for military capabilities.
HEDI serves as a platform to stimulate and facilitate cooperation on defence innovation among EU Member States while ensuring synergies with related European Commission activities, notably the EU Defence Innovation Scheme (EUDIS), coherence with NATO innovation initiatives and other EU defence innovation organisations.

The portfolio of the hub has been organised in six clusters:

  1. Creating a common picture of defence innovation: best practices, methodologies, experiences, lessons identified and learnt.
  2. Innovation Prize and RTI Papers Awards.
  3. Innovation challenges and hackathons.
  4. Proof-of-concept and demonstrators, selecting the most suitable funding stream.
  5. Events, shows and exhibitions to disseminate project results and connect stakeholders.
  6. Uptake of innovation into capabilities.

Who can apply?

Innovator from start-ups and SMEs to prime contractors.

How to apply?

The application process depends on the type of activity among the six clusters.
For example, the call for proposals organised under the hub and funded through EDA’s operational budget, will be published on the procurement page of EDA.

Selection process

The selection process depends on the type of activity among the six clusters.