Collaborative Networks

Through the establishment of Collaborative Networks, MINDS is increasing and diversifying research on defence and security issues in Canada, with the aim to meet the Defence Team need for relevant and timely advice and broaden the spectrum of expert voices contributing to the conversation.

Application form: Collaborative Networks

Network Focus

Collaborative Networks involve multi-disciplinary teams of experts from across Canada and abroad. They work together to research specific defence and security challenges in support of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Through these networks, the Defence Team will benefit from in-depth and nuanced analysis either to complement ongoing work or gain new insights in areas where there is interest and demand but limited expertise available. 

Who can apply

This opportunity is open to multidisciplinary teams with interest in the domain of security and defence studies, whether they be from academic institutions, think-tanks, or non-governmental organizations.

We are looking for individuals or organizations that are engaged, dynamic, resourceful and interested in helping DND/CAF address key defence policy challenges. 

The primary affiliation of the network director must be a Canadian institution. Federal and provincial crown corporations are not eligible for funding under this program.

Network Requirements

Successful network applicants will receive $250,000 per year for three years. During these three years, the networks will be required to meet a number of deliverables including creative approaches to research, conferences and workshops, written and oral briefings to a Defence Team audience, and student support. For a complete list of network criteria and deliverables, please consult the application form.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Relevance, through alignment with one to three defence policy challenges, and linkage to SSE;
  • How the project incorporates diverse perspectives, including through the use of Gender-based Analysis Plus;
  • Innovation, creativity, vision; and
  • Plans to creatively leverage technology.

A detailed spending strategy is essential to a successful application, including an estimated budget for the project with anticipated expenditures.

Successful applicants will be required to sign a contribution agreement with MINDS that will govern the administration of funding.

See funding results for previous rounds.

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