The European Defence Fund (EDF) will be launched in 2021. It is being trialled through two programmes, the Preparatory Action for Defence Research (PADR), which is running from 2017 to 2019, and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), which will run from 2019 to 2020. UK industry is already benefiting financially from participation in the PADR. The EDIDP Work Programme is expected to be agreed this month and includes areas of interest to the UK. Proposals are not expected until mid-2019. Whilst UK firms are eligible to bid, it is too early to say whether they will receive funding.
The Political Declaration envisages the participation of eligible United Kingdom entities in collaborative EDF projects from 2021, to the extent possible under Union law. Under the current draft terms of the EDF, only entities based in the EU and European Free Trade Association-European Economic Area countries will be entitled to receive EU funding through the Programme.