DND Launches IDEaS Program

Problem solving, creativity and knowledge are critical to meet and mitigate evolving defense and security threats. Through innovation we will develop and maintain capabilities that address the challenges of today’s global security environment.

Originally announced in June 2017, IDEaS will invest $1.6 billion into Canada’s innovation community over the next 20 years. Through IDEaS, DND will reach out to Canada’s most innovative and creative minds, whether they are inventors, academics in university labs, or scientists in small and major corporations. These innovative thinkers will provide the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Canada’s safety and security communities with unique solutions to today’s challenges. IDEaS will stimulate innovation through a range of activities including competitions, networks, and sandboxes to field test concepts.

The first call for proposals under the IDEaS Competitive Projects element was announced April 6th in Calgary. Sixteen defense and security challenges have been identified. Interested parties have six weeks to submit their proposed solutions, which must be received by May 24, 2018. This call for proposals addresses challenges in domains such as surveillance, cyber tools for defense, space, artificial intelligence, remotely pilot systems, data analytics, and human performance. Proposals will be reviewed and undergo a rigorous evaluation process. The first contracts are anticipated to be awarded Fall 2018.

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