Past Opportunities

Find relevant information related to past Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) opportunities. Please note that this information does not apply to the current IDEaS opportunities and is available for reference only.

COVID-19 Challenges

The Department of National Defence solicited proposals to address challenges that arose as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges aimed to strengthen the response to COVID-19, as well as future pandemics, through the development of strategies to re-use protective gear, clean equipment and workspaces, gain real-time insight for decision making, and care for front line workers.

Theme: Pandemic Decision Making

Rapid Response: Real-time Insights for Pandemic Decision Making

Theme: Re-Using Protective Equipment

 Scrubbing Your Scrubs: Finding Ways to Re-use COVID-19 Protective Gear

Theme: Sanitization

Super Sanitize: Cleaning Sensitive Equipment and Workspaces

Theme: Putting Our People First

Moral Trauma on the Frontline – See, Prevent and Treat

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Innovation Networks

Innovation Networks – Call #1

For the first Innovation Network Call for proposals, the Department of National Defence was seeking to stimulate the development of revolutionary advances in materials science for defence & security applications, with a focus on emerging and advanced materials, including advanced manufacturing methods.

Innovation Networks – Call #2

For the second Innovation Network Call for proposals, the Department of National Defence was seeking to promote revolutionary advances in our understanding of autonomous systems for defence & security applications, with a focus on trust and barriers to adoption.

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Competitive Projects

Competitive Projects – Call #1

The Department of National Defence solicited proposals to address challenges in domains such as surveillance, cyber tools for defence, space, artificial intelligence, remotely pilot systems, data analytics, and human performance.

Competitive Projects – Call #2

The Department of National Defence solicited proposals to address challenges such as the detection of concealed explosives, alternative recruitment models, verification of full motion video integrity, understanding cyber intent, and full spectrum communications in the Arctic.

Competitive Projects - Call #3

The Department of National Defence solicited proposals to address challenges such as predicting the behaviour of adversaries, seeking smaller, ruggedized wind turbines for the arctic, removing frozen contaminants from aircraft, tracking and de-orbiting space debris, and shrinking quantum technologies for field operations. Please note that more contracts will be introduced in the near future.

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Sandboxes

Sandbox Request for Information (2018)

A Request for Information regarding five Challenges was closed on 24 September, 2018.

Sandbox Call for Applications,  Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (26 April to 27 May, 2019).

How might we detect and/or defeat (kinetically or non-kinetically) micro and mini Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)?

Corrosion detection in ships Sandbox (June 2020)

“How might we detect and assess corrosion behind surface coatings (such as paint, insulation, tiles, seamless decking…) onboard Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) platforms in order to reduce corrosion’s operational impact and improve the effectiveness of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance?”

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Contests

Pop up City Contest: Integrating Energy, Water and Waste Management Systems For Deployed Camps

The “Pop up City” Contest is a multi-phased contest for innovators to propose and develop reliable, energy efficient, integrated and scalable energy, water and waste management systems for Relocatable Temporary Camps. Contests are a competitive means of finding innovative solutions and awarding prizes to the best solutions derived from the innovation community.

Round 1 Now Complete

Congratulations to our Round 1 winners! Each winner will receive a $10,000 prize and are invited to participate in Round 2 as well as present their innovative solution at an integration partnering event.

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