The Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox is now open! Test your best solutions to find corrosion trouble spots for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The next IDEaS sandbox will take place at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and will focus on corrosion detection on naval vessels. COVE is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector.  Participants will get the opportunity to showcase their products on realistic simulations, with successful demonstrations resulting in access to an actual vessel to demonstrate their solution in a real world environment. The call closes February 19, 2020.

Over the past months, over 30 projects from the Competitive Projects’ first Call for Proposals have advanced to Component 1b and signed $1M dollar contracts with IDEaS. In the upcoming weeks, many more are going to be posted on our web page.

Competitive Projects Funding Recipients (as of December 2019)

Additionally, Innovation Networks have signed 12 contribution agreements valued at nearly $18M to fund small research networks, or Micro-nets. These research communities will increase Canadian scientific capacity in a number of areas like advanced materials (detection avoidance and physical protection), and autonomous systems (trust and barriers to adoption). See the all newly signed recipients:

Innovation Networks – Recently Funded Micro-Nets

The Pop-up City: Integrated Energy, Water and Waste Management Systems for Deployed Camps contest has launched! The contest will consist of four competitive rounds, each designed to support progress towards the development of a functioning and testable prototype integrated solution. Contestants will have the chance to win more than $3.5 million during individual and group competitions. Now that the deadline for Round 1 has passed, there will be no further opportunities to enter. Watch for the winners to be announced sometime late this winter.  

The IDEaS program promotes an unprecedented and stimulating culture of innovation. We want to share with you our first annual report. The report highlights accomplishments from the past year, and provides a snapshot of future plans.

Are you an innovator? Regardless if you are working from your home, an academic in a university lab or a scientist in a small or a major corporation, the Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is looking for your solutions to help resolve defence and security challenges. This is your opportunity to showcase your innovative ideas!

Since its launch in April 2018, IDEaS has been posting Challenges for the Canadian Innovation Community. The various elements of IDEaS, which include Competitive Projects, Contests, Innovation Networks, Sandboxes, and Innovation Assessment & Implementation are going to be used to present these Challenges to you!

Be sure to check out the Current Opportunities and Future Opportunities today and see where your ideas may be part of the solution!

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IDEaS Recipients for First Competitive Project Defence invests in Canada’s Innovation Community for Defence and Security Solutions IDEaS Communiqué – Second Call for Proposals for Innovation Networks IDEaS Innovation Networks: List of accepted Letters of Intent for the First Call for Proposals for Advanced Materials Micro-nets IDEaS Innovation Networks: List of accepted Letters of Intent for the Second Call for Proposals for Autonomous Systems Micro-nets.