Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Problem solving, creativity and knowledge are critical to meet and mitigate evolving
defence and security threats. Through innovation we will develop and maintain
capabilities that address the challenges of today’s global security environment.
To transform the way we generate solutions to complex defence and security
challenges, today, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan launched the new Innovation for
Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.
Originally announced in June 2017 with the release of Canada’s defence policy Strong,
Secure, Engaged, IDEaS will invest $1.6 billion into Canada’s innovation community
over the next 20 years. Through IDEaS, DND will reach out to Canada’s most
innovative and creative minds, whether they are inventors, academics in university labs,
or scientists in small and major corporations. These innovative thinkers will provide the
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Canada’s safety and security communities with
unique solutions to today’s challenges. IDEaS will stimulate innovation through a range
of activities including competitions, networks, and sandboxes to field test concepts.
Today, Minister Sajjan announced the first call for proposals under the IDEaS Competitive Projects element, in which sixteen defence and security challenges have been identified. Interested parties have six weeks to submit their proposed solutions, which must be received by May 24, 2018. This call for proposals addresses challenges in domains such as surveillance, cyber tools for defence, space, artificial intelligence, remotely pilot systems, data analytics, and human performance. Proposals will be reviewed and undergo a rigorous evaluation process. The first contracts are anticipated to be awarded in Fall 2018.
Innovators are encouraged to consult the IDEaS website for more information on this
and subsequent calls as the IDEaS program continues to take shape.
“The IDEaS Program will provide unique opportunities for Canadians to put forward their
best solutions on defence and security challenges, and will help put those solutions into
the hands of the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces. This investment will
support the growth and expansion of Canada’s innovation community for the next 20
Minister of National Defence, Harjit S. Sajjan
• Through IDEaS, National Defence will:
• Create networks of innovators (academia, industry, individuals, and other
partners) to conduct leading-edge research and development in areas critical
to future defence and security needs;
• Hold competitions and invite innovators to present viable solutions to specific
defence and security challenges; and
• Implement new procurement mechanisms that allow Defence to develop and
test concepts and to follow through on the most promising ideas.
• IDEaS will help innovators by supporting analysis, funding research, and developing
processes that facilitate access to knowledge. It will also support testing, integration,
adoption, and acquisition of creative solutions for Canada’s defence and security
Backgrounder –Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program (IDEaS) [link]
Backgrounder - Government of Canada calls on innovative thinkers to solve defence and
security challenges [link]
Strong, Secure, Engaged
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Department of National Defence