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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Call for Applications: Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox

Test your best solutions to find corrosion trouble spots for the Royal Canadian Navy. The Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now accepting applications. The Sandbox will take place at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Spring of 2021.

Participants will be given the opportunity to showcase their products in realistic simulations, with successful demonstrations resulting in access to an actual vessel to demonstrate their solution in a real world environment. Apply now to test your technologies at one of the leading collaborative facilities for applied innovation in the ocean sector. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2020.

Supporting Troops, Advancing Logistics: Competitive Projects Fourth Call Now Open

Whether it be a pizza at home or food rations for troops in a hostile area, autonomous vehicles are the future of delivery. Use your robotic expertise to get needed supplies to troops in forward areas. Along with supply logistics, modular armour designs are needed that will help adapt vehicles to threats in the here and now, in whatever environment they roll through.

Improving decision making by connecting various data sources as well as giving troops eagle eyes to detect threats will become key components of modern defence systems. And ships present their own unique challenges in ensuring cyber security. Finally, soldiers transitioning back to civilian life from combat presents its own set of unique challenges. See our new call for proposals to explore how you can help.

The Deadline to apply is December 10th, 2020

Competitive Projects Call for Proposals #4

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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