Small and Medium Enterprise in NATO context

NATO Allies increasingly recognise the value of and engage Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as vital suppliers of required defence capabilities. 

A recent series of NATO decisions—ranging from the 2013 Framework for NATO Industry Engagement to the 2014 Wales Summit Declaration and the 2016 Warsaw Summit Communique—recognize the importance of maximizing the potential of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to deliver cost-effective capabilities in C4ISR, IT, and cyber security.

Furthermore, the NATO Industry Cyber Partnership (NICP) endorsed by the Alliance leaders at Wales accentuates the need to promote the involvement of SMEs which can often provide innovative solutions in the cyberspace.

While Small and Medium Enterprises are often the birthplace of innovation, competing for attention and contract awards in the NATO environment may be daunting for small businesses.

This portal aims to provide information on the NCI Agency's Small and Medium Enterprises' (SMEs) initiative and updates on activities and events that support engagement of SME in the Agency-wide projects.

To get involved, please contact the Industry Relations Office at

Defence Innovation ChallengeSME Mentoring