As part of Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, the Department of National Defence (DND) has launched the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program. The IDEaS Program supports, increases and sustains science and technology (S&T) community capacity external to DND that can generate new ideas and formulate solutions to Canada’s current and future defence and security Innovation Challenges. The IDEaS Program supports innovative technology, knowledge, and problem solving which are critical for Canada and its allies to mitigate new threats and stay ahead of potential adversaries, while generating knowledge and economic benefits for Canada. Innovators willing to develop solutions to emerging problems from their own unique perspectives are encouraged to participate in the IDEaS Program.
The IDEaS Program supports the establishment of new Innovation Networks and, where appropriate, existing networks, to stimulate collaboration and the free flow of ideas critical to innovation. Academics, industry and other partners are encouraged to come together to form collaborative Innovation Networks. Areas for support of advanced research and development (R&D) will vary over time depending on Canada’s current and future defence and security Innovation Challenges.
Recognizing that successful sustainable research networks take time to build, these calls for proposals are to support the creation of smaller networks, or Micro-nets, that perform research on one or more aspects of an Innovation Challenge. It is envisioned that future Calls for Proposals would encourage the coalescence of successful Micro-nets (and where appropriate other networks/participants) to form larger sustainable national Innovation Networks dedicated to further research on a particular Innovation Challenge.
By supporting Micro-nets and eventually Innovation Networks, the IDEaS Program fosters the development of a critical mass of researchers, highly qualified personnel and expertise within the Canadian innovation community and supports basic and applied research (solution readiness levels, SRLs, 1 through 6).
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Contribution Agreement with DND.
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