Targeted Engagement Grants

The Targeted Engagement Grant program aims to drive innovation in defence policy thinking and to foster the next generation of defence and security experts. We are proud to support the exchange of ideas and a diversity of researchers in the domain of security and defence. New forward thinking research and activities are extremely valuable for National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces in the development of evidence-based policy. 

Targeted Engagement Grant Program 

The Targeted Engagement Grant Program provides non-recurring financial support, up to a maximum of $50,000 to fund projects such as conferences, roundtables, workshops, research, and publications. There are two competitions every year, generally in the Spring and Fall.

Requests for funding are assessed primarily on relevance to DND/CAF defence policy challenges, the use of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+), as well as innovation and the creative use technology.

MINDS is pleased to open the first round of Targeted Engagement Grant applications for Fiscal Year 2019/2020. We are now accepting applications up to and including June 11, 2019.

Young MINDS Initiative 

As part of its efforts to foster the next generation of defence and security scholars, MINDS will be launching a new grant category – the Young MINDS Initiative – to support undergraduate students interested in defence and security.

These grants are valued at $10,000 and must be linked to the MINDS policy challenges.

Interested candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited university, and  pursuing a degree in political science, history, international relations, public policy, economics, or be able to demonstrate that their field of study is relevant to defence and security studies. Applicants should be sponsored by a professional academic or recognized expert in the field.

Please check back to the website for more information on this initiative as it becomes available.

To apply
  1. Complete the Targeted Engagement Grant Application Form or Young Minds Targeted Engagement Grants Application Form.
  2. Submit the completed application electronically to MINDS@forces.gc.ca.
  3. Applications must be relevant and align with the MINDS defence policy challenges.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate how the project includes diverse perspectives through the use of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+), as well as innovation and the creative use of technology.
  5. A proposed budget, a breakdown of spending by category, and a list of additional funding sources, must also be included in the application. The Department of National Defence should not be the only source of funding for a grant proposal.

Please note: If, as part of your project, you intend to conduct social science research with currently serving CAF members, you are required to have Social Science Research Review Board (SSRRB) approval. The specific aim of SSRRB coordination is to ensure that social science research information gathering activities within the DND/CAF do not impede or conflict with operations, on-going DND/CAF programmes, or other approved higher-priority research. If you intend to conduct such research, please contact the SSRRB at SSRRB-CERSS@forces.gc.ca to learn more the review process.

Applicants will be scored and grants will be awarded on a top-down basis.

If you wish to discuss the eligibility of your proposal prior to submitting it for evaluation, please contact the MINDS Program Manager by email at MINDS@forces.gc.ca.

See funding results for previous rounds. 

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