Partnerships and opportunities: government

International partnerships

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)’s international relationships are anchored in two multilateral arrangements, the Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) and the NATO Science and Technology Organisation (NATO STO). These enable DRDC to gain an understanding of allies’ science and technology programs and cooperate in a broad range of defence activities to augment defence and security knowledge and resources, avoid unnecessary duplication and jointly identify and close important gaps in the technology and knowledge bases.

DRDC also collaborates with allied countries under a number of bilateral and tri-lateral arrangements which facilitate information exchange, collaborative projects and exchange of personnel and equipment. Canada has privileged relationships with Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Through these relationships complementary science and technology activities are completed and thus national programs harmonized in defence as well as in public security.

DRDC’s international relationships are facilitated by a number of memoranda of understanding providing a framework for joint activities that result in new knowledge generation, application and integration. International linkages ensure that DRDC can obtain the most efficient and cost-effective science and technology results, share the burden of and rely on allies for the generation of the technological and knowledge advantage that DRDC provides to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence and ultimately facilitate greater interoperability with Canada’s allies.

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Canadian partnerships

Canadian Safety and Security Program

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science, which operates in partnership with Public Safety Canada, to provide science and technology services and solutions to address public safety and security priorities. Annual Calls for Proposals are managed through Public Services and Procurement Canada; information about open calls is made available on the website. Visit the CSSP-funded projects page for an overview of projects funded through the CSSP Call for Proposals since the program was launched in 2012.

All Domain Situational Awareness S&T Program

Through an investment of up to $133M over five years in All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) S&T, DND will conduct research and analysis to support the development of options for enhanced domain awareness of air, maritime surface and sub-surface approaches to Canada, and in particular those in the Arctic. This research and analysis will be delivered through collaboration with other government departments (OGDs), academia, industry and allies. Surveillance solutions explored will support the Government of Canada’s ability to exercise sovereignty in the North, and will provide a greater whole-of-government awareness of safety and security issues, transportation and commercial activity in Canada’s Arctic.

Other Canadian government departments and agencies

DRDC works with other Canadian government departments and agencies to jointly address challenges of common interest. DRDC shares its experiences with other science-based departments and agencies and collaborates on joint policy issues through the Integration Board, thus removing barriers to collaboration and moving towards more efficient delivery of science within the Federal Public Service.

DRDC also collaborates on specific scientific projects with other government departments and agencies, leveraging facilities, resources and networks. Several memoranda of understanding frame joint activities that range from a single joint project to long-term partnerships.

DRDC partners with other Government of Canada entities to jointly deliver on mandates and enhance the capabilities of the Canadian innovation system via guided science and technology activities. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and DRDC jointly manage the Research Partnership Program which has over the years resulted in many successful academia-industry-DRDC projects and linkages. Similarly, NSERC and DRDC jointly encourage the placement of post-doctoral scientists in Government of Canada laboratories and DRDC welcomes about a dozen such researchers each year.

DRDC also works with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces Health Services to jointly articulate a requirement for research and development related to the health and well-being of Canadian military personnel, veterans and their families. Both departments share the results of generated knowledge. Similarly, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and DRDC jointly work on traumatic brain injury related research giving impetus to research in this highly publicized topic.

DRDC and the National Research Council have a long standing relationship with its roots dating back to the Second World War. This relationship has proven to be particularly effective over the years yielding research, development, test and evaluation results under a memorandum of understanding (since 1994). The main focus of collaborative activities are around strategic and disruptive technologies and materials as well as air defe

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