2017 Science and Technology Call for Proposals to Enhance Defence and Public Safety
October 27, 2017 – Ottawa, Ont. – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
Advancements in science and technology foster national resilience and help to enhance the safety of Canadian Armed Forces members while on operations, and the security of Canadians at home and abroad – a key priority of the Government of Canada. National Defence Science and Technology is looking to government, industry and academia to support the development of science and technology (S&T) tools, knowledge and advice that contribute to defending Canada’s borders, territory and approaches, enhancing Canadian Forces operations, safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of Canadians, and modernizing defence infrastructure.
Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, supports a collaborative approach to innovation; encouraging partnerships with the best minds from government, industry, and academia, to respond to Canada’s defence, public safety and security challenges. This call for proposals will fund projects under two streams: supporting public safety and security, and supporting Strong, Secured, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy.
Stream A: Public Safety and Security
Under Stream A, National Defence Science and Technology is looking for novel ideas and innovative solutions to public safety and security S&T challenges under the theme of “smart communities and systems”. Proposals under Stream A will help strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of S&T with policy, operations and intelligence.
Stream B: Support to Strong, Secured, Engaged, Canada’s Defence Policy
Stream B supports Strong, Secured, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, and the need to explore innovative technology, knowledge, and problem solving to enable Canada and its allies to mitigate new threats, stay ahead of potential adversaries, and meet evolving defence and security needs, while generating economic benefits for Canadians.”
Proposals under Stream B will support the following:
- Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM): Solutions that enhance next generation Special Operations Forces integrated soldier system equipment, land mobility, and maritime mobility platforms and fighting vehicle platforms.
- All Domain Situational Awareness Science and Technology Program (ADSA): Solutions that support the development of S&T options for enhanced domain awareness of air, maritime surface and sub-surface approaches to Canada, and in particular the Arctic.
- Modernization of defence infrastructure: Solutions that harness innovation and expertise to modernize defence infrastructure and improve efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support military personnel.
The submission period for proposals will run from October 26, 2017 to December 11, 2017. The selected projects will be announced following the completion of a rigorous evaluation process.
This call for proposals process is administered by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of National Defence.
About the Canadian Safety and Security Program
The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is led by National Defence Science and Technology, in partnership with Public Safety Canada. National Defence Science and Technology administers the operations of the CSSP and fosters innovative S&T advancements intended to contribute to evidence-based, interconnected and resilient public safety and security systems. Public Safety Canada provides security and public safety policy guidance for National Defence Science and Technology.
CANSOFCOM is a high-readiness organization, ready to deploy Special Operations Forces on very short notice to protect Canada and Canadians from threats to national interests at home and abroad. To support the CANSOFCOM mission, DND is committed to enhance next generation Special Operations Forces integrated soldier system equipment, land mobility, and maritime mobility platforms and fighting vehicle platforms.
Backgrounder: Investments in Special Operations Forces and Joint Capabilities
About the All Domain Situational Awareness Science and Technology Program (ADSA)
ADSA is a program led by DND, which aims to leverage science & technology expertise from other government departments, academia, industry and allies, to identify, assess and validate technologies in support of air and maritime surveillance, particularly in the North.
Backgrounder: Government of Canada Announces Successful Proposals for All Domain Situational Awareness Science & Technology Program
Modernizing Defence Infrastructure
Defence manages the largest infrastructure portfolio in the federal government, including over 20,000 buildings, 5,500 kilometers of roads and 3,000 kilometers of water works. This infrastructure portfolio is worth roughly $26 billion and the maintenance, operation and infrastructure workforce accounts for about 10 percent of the defence budget in any given year. DND has committed to continue to modernize its infrastructure to improve efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support military personnel.
Backgrounder: Modernizing the Business of Defence
About National Defence Science and Technology
National Defence Science Technology is the national leader in S&T defence and security. It provides the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments as well as the public safety and security communities with the knowledge and technology advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.
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