Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)


One year ago, the IDEaS program launched, under Canada’s Defence Policy, and began looking for defence and security solutions in all areas.

IDEaS engaged innovators across the country and this is just the beginning.

27 challenges issued

160 contracts awarded

12 innovation networks identified

$27 million invested

With an investment of $1.6 billion over 20 years, IDEaS is helping Canadian innovators connect, develop and evaluate their solutions.

Next-generation technologies

Protecting our forces

Supporting our people

Cyber, space, and future capabilities

IDEaS is open to everyone and is in search of the best and brightest ideas Canadians have to offer.

Bring your IDEaS to life!

Pop Up City Contest: Partnering Event Brings Teams Together for Round 2

Round 1 finalists are busy preparing their integrated proposals for Round 2! Contestants are working to create Consortiums which will combine their respective technologies to put forward integrated solutions to be able to submit a Round 2 application. Successful Round 2 Consortiums will be offered the opportunity to present their solution(s) to senior Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence personnel at an upcoming "pitch" event in Round 3 of the Contest. Each Round has been designed to progress towards the ultimate goal of developing a functioning and testable integrated prototype. Contestants and Consortiums are working for the chance to be awarded more than $3.5 million for individual and group contributions over the course of the Contest. Reminder that applications for round two are due September 30, 2020!

Thanks to all Canadian innovators who have applied to this first Contest. You can see the list of Round 1 winners here.

Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IDEaS was forced to postpone the Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox until Spring 2021. To ensure that opportunity is available equally and transparently to all, we will reissue the Call for Applications for this Sandbox, likely in in the fall of 2020. This will be open for all Innovators to respond, whether returning or new. Please note that aside from minor amendments such as the new dates and preferred weeks to attend, the application form, criteria, and selection method will remain unchanged.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to your continued interest in participating when the Call for Applications is reissued. Look for the call on our website and via our distribution list email.

For more details, visit our Sandbox page.

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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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