Department of Defence Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program will be investing $1.6 billion in innovations for defence and security over the next 20 years.

The IDEaS program is designed to improve DND’s access to the creative potential of Canadian innovators. We use your knowledge and concepts to enhance defence capability, create an economic impact, and ultimately, to build an innovation ecosystem for national defence.

From the early stages of an idea to the final testing in a real world environment, IDEaS mobilizes Canadian innovators through defence and security challenges and collaborates to best adapt, shape and maximize the potential of your technology.

Featured opportunities

Do you copy? Establishing and maintaining broadband connectivity in remote and hostile areas

Solutions that will provide the ability to establish and maintain broadband connectivity in remote and hostile areas in EM degraded or denied environment to  support mission critical communications. 

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The needle in the haystack: Space-Based Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (SB-ISR) imagery for decision making

Seeking solutions for locating adversaries outside of commonly monitored areas of interest to enhance military foresight for decision-making. 

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Sub-zero Infrastructure, Security, and Sensors: Safekeeping assets in the Artic

Seeking solutions to secure and monitor CAF fixed ground-based assets operating remotely in the arctic.

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Under the sea: Real time detection of marine mammals during sonar operations 

Seeking innovative solutions that can provide situational awareness of marine mammal presence to minimize the risk of harm from naval operations. 

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Check out the full list of opportunities

For Eligibility/Application information refer to the individual funding opportunities pages. 

Agency Name: 
Government of Canada National Defence
Contact Name: 
Emma Dering, Brandie Lea
Grant Amount: 
Up to $1.2M in phased development funding to propel technology forward.
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Internal Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: