Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)


The IDEaS Sandbox: Corrosion detection in ships

The Challenge:

Detect and assess corrosion on Royal Canadian Navy vessels in order to reduce its impact on operations

Because rust never sleeps

June 2020

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

The IDEaS Sandbox: Corrosion detection in ships

COVE Facility

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

June 2020

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Corrosion Sandbox: Call for Applicants now Open

The Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox is now open! Test your best solutions to find corrosion trouble spots for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The next IDEaS sandbox will take place at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and will focus on corrosion detection on naval vessels. COVE is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector.  Participants will get the opportunity to showcase their products on realistic simulations, with successful demonstrations resulting in access to an actual vessel to demonstrate their solution in a real world environment. The call has been extended and now closes February 23, 2020.

See what IDEaS has been up to!

Over the past months, over 30 projects from the Competitive Projects’ first Call for Proposals have advanced to Component 1b and signed $1M dollar contracts with IDEaS. In the upcoming weeks, many more are going to be posted on our web page.

Competitive Projects Funding Recipients (as of December 2019)

Additionally, Innovation Networks have signed 12 contribution agreements valued at nearly $18M to fund small research networks, or Micro-nets. These research communities will increase Canadian scientific capacity in a number of areas like advanced materials (detection avoidance and physical protection), and autonomous systems (trust and barriers to adoption). See the all newly signed recipients:

Innovation Networks – Recently Funded Micro-Nets

Pop Up City Contest Now Underway

The Pop-up City: Integrated Energy, Water and Waste Management Systems for Deployed Camps contest has launched! The contest will consist of four competitive rounds, each designed to support progress towards the development of a functioning and testable prototype integrated solution. Contestants will have the chance to win more than $3.5 million during individual and group competitions. Now that the deadline for Round 1 has passed, there will be no further opportunities to enter. Watch for the winners to be announced sometime late this winter.  

Read our first Annual Report!


The IDEaS program promotes an unprecedented and stimulating culture of innovation. We want to share with you our first annual report. The report highlights accomplishments from the past year, and provides a snapshot of future plans.

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 Innovation Assessment & Implementation 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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