The projects that the Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster has the task to actively identify and support in development and preparation are primarily related to investment in research, technological development, and innovation.

According to the EU regulations, R&D projects and activities are specifically valorized if they present collaborative research projects, that is, if projects that are jointly implemented between several partners with a common goal. Effective cooperation on research and development projects primarily increases the aid intensity for holders of research and development activities in accordance with the Community framework for State Aid for Research and Development and Innovation (2014/C 198/01).

Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster serves as an active platform under which umbrella all stakeholders interested in developing projects related to SECURITY (according to the identified Priority Thematic Area of the Smart Specialization Strategy of the Republic of Croatia 2016-2020) will be able to connect and use common knowledge and capacities to develop new products and services related to the Security of the Republic of Croatia and globally.

If you are interested in looking for a partner or want to jointly apply for a specific Tender or Project development that you think would be interesting for certain members of the Cluster, please fill out the online form below:

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As part of its responsibility to support its members, the Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster (CDICC) is also actively working on the internationalization of the defense and security industry sector.

The primary interest of the Cluster is to work on the popularization and internationalization of the entire sector, and NOT individual manufacturers. The aim is to jointly popularize the entire Croatian defense industry and to work on an integrated approach and linking of products into joint presentation packages, especially those concerning investment directions related to the Smart Specialization Strategy, which increase the value of the entire sector.

Currently, the largest support to the manufacturers operating within the sector of primarily military technologies and products (products for special purposes) is given by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which is one of the most important partners of the Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster. The Association of Special Purpose Equipment Manufacturers is active within the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, and it is mostly oriented to support to primary producers of military technologies and products. Through its available support programs, the CCE regularly, on annual basis, helps the Association in presenting their products at major international fairs related to military equipment and technologies.