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What is IDEaS? - Innovation for Defence Excellence & Security

  • Alastair Ross Technology Centre 3553 31 Street Northwest Calgary, AB, T2L 2K7 Canada (map)

Hosted by Calgary Technologies Inc.


Learn about The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program, how to access the funds, and find out which stream might interest you the most. 

Presented by: Eric Fournier, Director General S&T Strategic Decision Support, Department of National Defence

Program information:

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is launching a number of coordinated new initiatives that will transform the way the Department of National Defence (DND) generates solutions to complex problems. Through IDEaS, DND will invest $1.6 billion over the next 20 years to support:

  • Creating clusters of defence innovators to conduct leading-edge research and development in areas critical to future defence needs. These clusters will bring together academics, industry and other partners to form collaborative innovation networks;
  • Holding competitions that invite innovators to present viable solutions to specific defence and security challenges; and
  • Implementing flexible new procurement mechanisms that allow Defence to develop and test ideas and the ability to follow through on the most promising ones with procurement.

Areas for advanced research and development will include (among many others): surveillance, cyber tools for defence, space, alternative fuels, remotely piloted systems, data analytics, and counter-improvised explosive device solutions. Another critical area for urgent research is the human dimension of our work, including treatments for mental health and operational stress injuries.

The IDEaS program will present many diverse challenges throughout the year on behalf of DND and all of its security partners (e.g. Public Safety, RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency, etc), and will be open to individuals, companies of all sizes, academia, and others to solve.