Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)


Great innovations have the power to change the world.

But to take flight...

They require real-world challenges,


and determination..

To break through

And become the inventions that will move society forward,

Advance technology,

and allow us to leap ahead of what’s next.

Introducing IDEaS.

A Department of National Defence program...

Connecting Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges with creative thinkers, and providing them with the resources and guidance they need to bring new solutions to light.

From initial concept, through prototype testing and development You bring your concept to us at any stage, and keep your IP. We’ll provide funding and feedback from military experts

who will help you chart your IDEA’s path forward.

Anyone can apply.

To get started, simply sign up to learn more about the challenges identified by our military.

Great innovations have the power to change the world.

Will the next one will be yours?

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Investing in Canadian solutions for COVID-19

In the spring of 2020, IDEaS pivoted to capitalize on the novel ideas of Canadian innovators in the fight against COVID-19. We are proud to report that 48 contribution agreements were awarded in the past few months, valued at $8.64 million, and were recently announced by Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan. The new contribution agreements will support research and development efforts in the realm of COVID-19 in four specific challenge areas:

  • sanitization of workspaces;
  • pandemic decision making;
  • re-using protective equipment; and
  • moral trauma on the frontline.

You can read the news release and see the full list of recipients here.

Investing in Defence & Security Capabilities: 2019-2020 IDEaS Annual Report

IDEaS has had the opportunity to work with Canadian innovators for almost three years now. The Program has invested more than $160M in Canadian S&T, and we are now seeing some of your innovative thinking develop into tangible solutions for the CAF and DND. We are happy to celebrate our collective achievements in our 2019-2020 Annual Report.

Test Driving Green Heat: Advance Procurement Notice Now Available

In the Summer of 2021, the Green Heat: Low Carbon Energy Generation for Heating Existing Buildings Test Drive will give innovators the opportunity to offer their developed solutions to address the challenge of retrofitting existing Canadian Armed Forces facilities with cleaner heating technology.

An Advance Procurement Notice with details on the project has been issued by Defence Construction Canada. This advance notice provides the anticipated security requirements and project outcomes to interested academics, researchers, manufacturers, consultants and contractors. It also provides an opportunity to organize a project team and to allow interested innovators the opportunity to apply for security clearances.

The full Request for Proposals will be issued in the Summer of 2021.

Round 2 Winners Ready to Pitch

Round 2 of the Pop Up City Contest has wrapped up, giving 6 participants 50,000 reasons to celebrate! Winners received $50,000 and a chance to promote their concepts in a pitch style event to showcase their integrated solution to a panel of experts and stakeholders.

The project teams, comprised of experts from the water, waste, and energy sectors, are seeking a solution for CAF’s relocatable temporary camps deployed in national and international operations. The winning contestants will participate in the Round 3 Pitch event in March 2021.

For more details about Pop Up City and a full list of Round 2 winners, visit the Pop Up City page.

IDEaS wants your innovative solutions!

Are you an innovator? Regardless if you are working from your home, an academic in a university lab or a scientist in a small or a major corporation, the Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is looking for your solutions to help resolve defence and security challenges. This is your opportunity to showcase your innovative ideas!

Since its launch in April 2018, IDEaS has been posting Challenges for the Canadian Innovation Community. The various elements of IDEaS, which include Competitive Projects, Contests, Innovation Networks, Sandboxes, and Test Drive are going to be used to present these Challenges to you!

Be sure to check out the Current Opportunities and Future Opportunities today and see where your ideas may be part of the solution!

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