It is expected that early spring the third call for tenders of the European Defense Fund will be published. SpaceNed and NIDV take the initiative in collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Defense (MinDef) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (MinEZK) to organize a session to help you be informed and prepared to participate in upcoming EDF tenders regarding Space interests. The session will address the work program priorities from The Netherlands’ perspective, the EDF processes, and the financial instruments that MinDef and MinEZK are offering in support. The session will include the opportunity to engage with representatives from MinDef, MinEZK, SpaceNed, NIDV, and of course with each other in a marketplace setting.

The session will take place prior to the Space Café on the 4th of April at ESTEC Noordwijk from 10:30 – 13:00.

10:30 – 10:50 Walk-in

10:50 – 11:00 Welcoming speech (Michel Keuning – on behalf of the organisation)

11:00 – 11:20 explanatory note EDF (Victor Hartong – RVO, Pyke Polderman – MinEZK)

11:20 – 11:40 Explanatory note EDF work programme 2023 and Dutch priorities (Petra Wijnja – MinDef)

11:40 – 12:00 EDF support from NL: Defence and EZK/RVO co-financing schemes
– MinDef (Dominick van Rens – MinDef)
– EZK/RVO (Victor Hartong – RVO)

12:00 – 13:00 Q&A and networking “market” to engage with Defence, RVO, TO2 and B2B

SpaceNed and NIDV have been engaged in a cooperation since 2020 with the aim to jointly promote the importance of space in the Defense and Security domain. Both organizations complement each other well to bring together the space domain, and the defense and security domains. Together we have a strong business network, and a strong national and international political-administrative network in the fields of Space, Defense and Security.

If you would like to attend this seminar you can register by sending an email to

Please note that due to the topic of the session, the session will only be open for EU or Norwegian (only associated country eligible for EDF) nationals from businesses with a Dutch registration.