Defence Research and Development Canada

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Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is Canada's science, technology and innovation leader, trusted advisor, collaborative partner, and knowledge integrator for defence and security. As the science and technology organization of the Department of National Defence (DND), we develop and deliver new technical solutions and advice to DND, the Canadian Armed Forces, other federal departments, and the safety and security communities. We also work with partners in academia, government and industry and with Canada’s allies.

Services and information

Job opportunities

Career opportunities, student opportunities

Research and funding partnerships

Partnerships, collaborative activities, intellectual property, grant information

Research and development capabilities

People, expertise, equipment and facilities to carry out world-class research and development

Reports and publications

Defence research reports, strategies and policies, Open Science

News and videos

Updates on DRDC research and experiments

Defence and Security Science and Technology program

Strategic focus areas for science and technology research



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The IDEaS program is looking for your solutions to help solve defence and security challenges.

Student opportunities

Find out how you can gain hands-on experience and kick-start your career at DRDC

Find out how you can gain hands-on experience and kick-start your career at DRDC.

DRDC history

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A selection of defence research stories through the decades.

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