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EDA members look beyond traditional research partners

9th December 2021 - 09:27 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira

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Representatives of national governments and European institutions in the EDA Annual Conference. (Photo: EDA)

EDA member countries are ramping up efforts to involve universities, academic institutions, start-ups, SMEs and non-defence related companies in their programmes to develop innovative solutions.

The need to stay ahead of near-peer adversaries is pushing European Defence Agency (EDA) member states towards finding non-traditional partners to develop emerging and innovative solutions. 

As a result, universities and academic institutions, start-ups, SMEs and companies with a non-defence background could feature in future projects.

Representatives of national governments and European institutions discussed the relevance of working with unconventional suppliers in the ‘EDA Annual Conference 2021: Innovation in European Defence’ event, held on 7 December in Brussels.

Delegates heard how the involvement of non-traditional companies can accelerate the process of developing emerging solutions ahead of adversaries, enabling the deployment of disruptive systems and technologies on the

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