Partnerships and opportunities: industry

Industry forms a key component of the Canadian innovation system, is a major source of innovative ideas and an important partner for Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). Industrial suppliers translate concepts into reality and provide equipment and systems solutions that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) depend upon. International industry partners are also critical to the success of DRDC, DND and the CAF.

NATO welcomes collaboration from industry, academia and government. Please browse the following sites:

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The most common way to formally engage industry partners is through contracts. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) manages research and development contracts for DRDC, posting tenders on Buy and Sell.

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.

Defence Innovation Research Program

The Defence Innovation Research Program strengthens and supports the Canadian defence industrial base through the provision of financial and scientific support for eligible industry-initiated research projects relevant to the defence of Canada and/or its allies. The objective is to stimulate research and innovation to enhance Canada’s ability to share in the development of technologies to meet Canadian, NATO and other allied defence requirements.

DND/NSERC Research Partnership Program

DND and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) have established a jointly managed and funded DND/NSERC Research Partnership Grant that aims to:

  • capitalize on the complementary research and development capacity existing in the universities and in DND in order to generate new knowledge and support the development of new technical capabilities relevant to the development and application of dual-use technologies in selected areas of interest to both DND and NSERC
  • build strong two- and three-way linkages and create synergy between researchers in DND and universities and the private sector
  • achieve the efficient and effective transfer of research results and technology to identified receptors in the public and the private sector
  • train and develop highly qualified personnel in priority areas consistent with the future human resource requirements in the public and private sectors

Details can be found at the NSERC site.

Fee-for-service use of facilities or services

DRDC facilities are available for use on a case-by-case basis, consistent with its existing science and technology requirements and federal government policies. The facilities are available on a cost-recovery basis, meaning the requesting external client must pay for the use of the facilities.

Intellectual property management, technology transfer and licensing

DRDC seeks to leverage the development of its technologies, whether developed in-house or via procurement processes, and enable technology transfer through licensing and other mechanisms. The goal of such technology transfer activity is to enhance Canada’s Security and Defence industry, enabling economic development and ensuring Canadian industrial capabilities to meet supply chain requirements of the CAF.

DRDC technology transfer occurs in various forms including the publication of scientific reports and other publications . DRDC actively licenses technologies to the private sector for commercialization. Other forms of transfer and technology sharing occur under international agreements, technology sharing and material transfer agreements, collaborative research agreements, and fee-for-service research.


Employee exchanges between DRDC and industry are possible, as a temporary assignment, through a program administered by Interchange Canada, a skills-exchange program with a developmental focus between the core public administration and other organizations in the private, public and not for profit sectors in Canada and internationally. Details can be found at the Interch.

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