Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security Program

The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program builds on the successful Defence Engagement Program (DEP), expanding the program thoughtfully, with an end result that is not just bigger, but better. Consultations have been at the heart of these renewal efforts. They started with the Defence Policy Review and have continued through ongoing dialogue with experts across the country.

Expanding on the DEP, MINDS delivers a program that:

However, MINDS provides even greater opportunities for collaboration between the Defence Team and the defence and security expert community. There are 5 key pillars of MINDS:

Each offers a different means for National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to access relevant, timely expertise that incorporates a diversity of viewpoints and provides well-rounded advice. The program is committed to reflecting key Government of Canada priorities in the work it delivers, ensuring the incorporation of Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and supporting Indigenous reconciliation and youth engagement.


Type of transfer payment: Grant and contribution
General targeted recipient group: Experts and organizations in the academic community focused on current security and defence issues
Contact information: Send an email to
Application information: Consult the Current Opportunities page.
More information: Visit the MINDS homepage.

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