Government of Canada Launches 2017 Science and Technology Call for Proposals to Enhance Defence and Security

News Release

October 30, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

Collaboration with industry, academia and other government organizations enhances the Government of Canada’s ability to ensure Canadians remain safe and secure. Investing in the defence and public safety and security communities and industries supports Government of Canada and Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) operations, while supporting our communities by providing Canadians with well-paying jobs.

The Government of Canada, primarily through National Defence Science and Technology’s Canadian Safety and Security Program, is seeking proposals to support the development of science and technology (S&T) tools, knowledge and advice to better respond to Canada’s defence, public safety and security challenges.

The Department of National Defence is seeking proposals that contribute to defending Canada’s borders, territory and approaches, enhancing CAF defence operations and infrastructure, and safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of Canadians.

This Call for Proposals will fund projects under two program streams:

  • Up to $19 million to address Public Safety and Security challenges under the theme of smart communities and systems, aiming to optimize the use and benefit of smart technologies in a manner that is safe, secure and preserves the privacy of individuals, and
  • Up to $5 million to support Strong, Secured, Engaged, Canada’s new defense policy, including solutions for Canadian Special Forces Operations, the All Domain Situational Awareness S&T Program, and modernization of defence infrastructure.

The submission period for proposals runs from October 26, 2017 to December 11, 2017. The projects selected for each stream will be announced following completion of a rigorous evaluation process.

Interested bidders should consult information available on 


“Canada must have the most current evidence-based knowledge and effective tools to respond to the challenges and risks we face. National Defence is proud to collaborate with the best minds from industry, academia, and government to enhance our military and public safety capabilities and capacities, protect Canada and keep Canadians safe.”

Defence Minister Harjit S. Saijan

“This Call for Proposals helps fulfil the Government of Canada's commitment to ensure resiliency to global and domestic threats. It will help keep Canadians safe using innovative science and technology to better respond to security challenges."

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick Facts

  • National Defence Science and Technology is the national leader in defence and security S&T. It provides the defence S&T community, the CAF 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. 

  • CSSP is a federally-funded program, led by National Defence Science and Technology, in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

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