IDEaS First Call for Proposals: Competitive Projects

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On April 9, 2018, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan launched the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program and the first call for proposals for Competitive Projects in support of finding solutions to defence and security challenges.

Announced last June with the release of Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged, IDEaS is a twenty year investment of $1.6 billion into Canada’s innovation community. Through IDEaS, the Defence Team will reach out to Canada’s most innovative and creative minds to provide the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Canada’s safety and security communities with unique solutions to today’s challenges.

The first call for proposals (CFP) for Competitive Projects contains 16 challenges that were identified by the CAF and DND as key areas where we could benefit from Canadian innovators’ knowledge, skills, and know-how. Aligned with the priorities outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged, these challenges focus on improving conditions for our people – supporting CAF members and better equipping and preparing them to succeed on operations; anticipating the threat – being able to better prepare the CAF for the rapidly evolving technological landscape; and adapting to a changing environment – being able to remain agile, flexible and responsive to the shifting and dynamic global situation.

The CFP process is administered by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of National Defence. During the open call period, it is imperative that DND/CAF staff redirect all external queries regarding the CFP and its content, including the announced challenges to PSPC’s mailbox:

Employees must avoid interpreting or providing comment on currently open solicitations, their contents and associated processes to any external sources to avoid the perception of or possibly providing any competitive advantage to any external communities.

Internal queries regarding the CFP and its contents, including the announced challenges, as well as the IDEaS program, should be sent to the IDEaS mailbox:

For more information on the program and the current challenges, please visit the IDEaS website.

Isabelle Desmartis
Assistant Deputy Minister (Science and Technology) and Chief Executive Officer of Defence Research and Development Canada

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