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.
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.
- Complete the Targeted Engagement Grant Application Form or Young Minds Targeted Engagement Grants Application Form.
- Submit the completed application electronically to MINDS@forces.gc.ca.
- Applications must be relevant and align with the MINDS defence policy challenges.
- 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.
- 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 DND civilian employees, currently serving CAF members, families of serving CAF members, applicants for enrolment in the CAF, or members of Canadian Cadet organizations you are required to have DND/CAF Social Science Research Review Board (SSRRB) approval. The purpose of the SSRRB review is to ensure that social science research information gathering activities within the DND/CAF are ethically sound; that they do not impede or conflict with operations, on-going DND/CAF programmes, or other approved higher-priority research; and that the research will be of value to the DND/CAF. Additional information may be found in Defence Administrative Orders and Directives 5062 – Social Science Research. For planning purposes, please note that during busy periods SSRRB reviews can take up to two months from receipt of a completed submission form. If you intend to conduct such research, please contact the SSRRB at SSRRB-CERSS@forces.gc.ca to learn more the review process and to obtain instructions and the SSRRB submission form.
Applicants will be scored and grants will be awarded on a top-down basis.
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