NATO Innovation Challenge -  The invisible threat: Countering cognitive warfare


Competition between innovators is the fuel we use to foster the best innovative solutions.

The Challenge

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), on behalf of Canada, will be hosting the Fall 2021 NATO Innovation Challenge. The theme of this pitch-style event is Understanding and Protecting the Cognitive Domain.

NATO is looking for tools and measures to identify, assess and protect against attacks on NATO forces and NATO Allies in the cognitive domain.

In case you missed it: NATO Innovation Challenge Fall 2021 Pitch Day video is now available

The NATO Innovation Challenge Fall 2021 Pitch Day recorded video is now available to be watched on Youtube (you are now leaving for an external site).


The top 3 finalists in the NATO Innovation Challenge won cash prizes from NATO. IDEaS offered an additional prize for the top Made in Canada solution.

Project Title Innovator Amount

Counter-Disinformation Intelligence Platform for Countering Cognitive Warfare (CCW)

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All information about this challenge can be found on the NATO Innovation Challenge page.

As the NATO Innovation Challenge site is in English only, we have provided a French equivalent of the challenge content and scenario.


All applicants from NATO member countries can apply to the NATO Innovation Challenge.

Candidates screened-in for the top “Made in Canada” prize must meet the following eligibility criteria under the IDEaS program:

  • Canadian universities and educational institutions chartered in Canada;
  • Incorporated Canadian not-for-profit organizations or associations;
  • Provincial/territorial or municipal government organizations;
  • Incorporated Canadian for-profit companies, organizations or associations; and
  • Any group, cluster or consortium composed of eligible recipients, and their researchers and professionals, including their international S&T collaborators. All eligible recipients must possess the legal status necessary to enter into an agreement.
  • Federal and provincial crown corporations are not eligible for funding under the Contribution Program.

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