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NATO DIANA Virtual Information Session (Industry)

Last Updated: Aug 8th, 2023

Dear industry,

As you are all aware, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established a new initiative – the Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) that offers novel innovation programming across the Alliance. NATO DIANA aims to unite the best and brightest innovators by providing access to a network of Accelerators and Test Centres across more than 20 allied nations in North America and Europe.

DIANA is looking to work directly with deep tech and dual-use innovators– from early-stage start-ups to more mature companies – to seek commercially-focused technological breakthroughs that solve defence and security challenges. The call for applications for DIANA’s pilot challenge programs officially launched on June 19, 2023, and will close on August 25, 2023. The 3 priority areas for this year are:

  1. Energy Resilience: Harnessing Microgrid Technologies for Disaster and Conflict Recovery.
  2. Secure Information Sharing: Truly Reliable and Unquestionably Secure Technology.
  3. Sensing and Surveillance: Sensing the Coastal Undersea Environment.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 3 challenge areas and how to apply, the Director General Research & Development Innovation (DGRDI) from the Department of National Defence (DND) and NATO DIANA Chief Operating Officer will be holding a virtual information session. If you would like to attend, the calendar invitation can be found attached to this email – you will not be required to register for the session, you can simply access the Microsoft O365 Teams link contained in the attachment.

Session Information:

  1. Date: Thursday, August 17, 2023
  2. Time: 9:30-10:30 EST
  3. Language: Bilingual (English/French)


  1. Welcome and Housekeeping – Presented by DND’s Director General R&D Innovation, Philippe Hébert
  2. DIANA Overview; 3 Pilot Challenges; and How to Apply – Presented by DIANA Chief Operating Officer, Kadi Silde
  3. Q&A Session

We look forward to seeing you all there. Should you have any questions that you would like answered during the Q&A Session, please submit them to the DND DIANA Positional Mailbox: [email protected]

Kind regards

BNATO Industry Support