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Dear participants

We have received numerous proposals!

Thank you for your commitment.

It is now time for the jury to evaluate your work and select those who will move on to the the second phase. We will keep you informed

“Which technologies and technology bricks are particularly relevant for Europe’s sovereignty in defence and security?”

Why is the challenge organized?

What will the students be asked to do during the challenge? 

What is the subject to be adressed by the participants?

What is the objective of the challenge?

Defense and Security Director, ASD

Burkard Smith
La ministre déléguée auprés de la ministre des armées 
Geneviève Darriessecq

Who can participate 

The European Defence Challenge is a competition open to all undergraduate or graduate students from all faculties in European Universities or other institutions dedicated to higher education. 

The Challenge can be answered individually, but participants are encouraged to team up in pairs and to find a partner from a different university, faculty and even country. For example one student with skills in engineering and one with skills in political/business science. 


The Challenge

The European Commission has declared technology as the EU’s top priority for the next five years.
More particularly, one key objective is the mastery and ownership of key technologies in Europe.

With this objective in mind the European Defence Challenge asks the students of Europe to propose one or more work approaches dealing with topics such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, batteries, cybersecurity, chip technologies, control, robotics, signal and image processing related to defence technologies within the framework of the question mentioned above.

Please defend your proposal by including socio-economic, political and/or environmental aspects as much as possible.

Phase 1

Register for the challenge

Download template and participation guidelines 

Submit your proposal before midnight 30 January (CET), via the email adress you will be provided , when you sign up. 

A jury will assess the proposals, and the best proposals will move on to phase 2. 

Phase 2 

In phase 2 the proposal will be developed further in a 10-page submission. Same procedure as in phase 1, deadline on midnight 30 April (CET). 

The winner will be announced in June.

Participation guidelines

Download Template

1 page proposal

Deadline for submitting your paper via the email adress you will be provided, when you sign up. 

A jury of some of the key players in the Europen defence industry will review the proposals. The best ones move to phase 2.

10 page proposal

Final 10-page proposal is submitted. This will again be reviewed by some of the key players in the European Defence Industry.