What’s New for IDEaS

Competitive Projects launches new and exciting challenges through its next Call for Proposals!

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program has launched four new challenges under its Competitive Projects element. These new challenges cover a wide scope of Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) needs including the Arctic domain, cognitive radio communications, human autonomy teaming, and just-in-time resupply of common medical equipment and devices in austere environments.

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply to:

Submit your proposals by December 20, 2022!

Better science and technology solutions for a safer future – New challenges launched by the Canadian Safety and Security Program

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is looking for bidders to demonstrate new pathways to address Canada’s current and emerging safety and security threats and risks. The CSSP has launched eight new science and technology (S&T) challenges that will focus on key areas such as improving community resilience and responder capabilities, looking for better ways to verify and manage the identities of individuals, improving border security, enhancing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) capabilities and responses, and countering the threat posed by uncrewed aerial systems. Applications must be submitted by December 16, 2022.

For the full list of challenges, and to apply, visit the CSSP website.

Get ready for a robot showdown!

The IDEaS program has selected five innovative finalists to demonstrate their advanced robotic platforms and methods of control for a chance to win cash prizes to further develop their technology! Stay tuned to find out more about this upcoming event and visit the Robot Round-up challenge page for more information on this contest.

2020-2021 IDEaS Annual Report now available!

IDEaS is pleased to announce that its 2020-2021 Annual Report is now available. 

The report includes highlights and achievements of the program during fiscal year 2020/2021, including joining the pan-government response to the pandemic and delivering COVID-19 solutions with a defence capability focus, and funding its first ever Test Drive, related to cyber attribution.

That’s a wrap for the Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox!

The second IDEaS Sandbox for the Detect and defeat: Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems (CUAS) challenge has concluded.

From September 12 to October 7, 2022, innovators from Canada and abroad tested their solutions in Suffield, Alberta, to detect and defeat UAS in a real-world environment. Thank you to all in the innovators who participated!

Visit the Sandbox web page to see photos and videos from the 4 week-long event, and stay tuned for more information on results!

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