Call For Proposals 2022 - Canadian Safety and Security Program - Defence Research and Development Canada


Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)


Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP)

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Visit the 2022 CSSP Call for Proposals webpage.


Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is issuing a call for proposals (CFP) on behalf of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). DRDC is an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) that provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), other government departments and the broader public safety and security communities with the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.     

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP)  is a federally-funded program fostering innovative Science and Technology (S&T) advancements at federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal levels of government that contribute to the safety and security of Canadians. CSSP engages government departments to meet their safety and security requirements with S&T solutions in partnership with industry, academia, and/or not-for-profit organizations.   

Overall Theme – Building Robust Safety and Security Capabilities Through Science and Technology
Public safety and security are now, more than ever, dominant national issues for Canadians. Domestic security has taken on renewed importance in the face of a global pandemic and the operations of hostile state actors. The pathways to address Canada’s current and emerging threat/risk environment require solid science-based evidence and advice. The intent of the 2022 CSSP Call for Proposal  S&T Challenge is set to leverage the innovative application of science and technology across the spectrum of public safety and security that is highly complex, volatile and rapidly evolving.

The S&T challenge themes are as follows:    

  • Beyond the Future – Building Resilience and Responder Capabilities;   
  • Who are you? –  Enhancing Identity Management Capabilities;  
  • Our country’s largest boundary – Border Security and Domain Awareness; 
  • Prepare, prevent, respond and recover – Enhancing  CBRNE  Capability in Canada;   
  • Taking control – Countering Uncrewed Aerial Systems (c-UAS).     


This CFP is open to all public and private sector entities. To be eligible, the bidder’s proposal must be comprised of a team. To meet this requirement, proposal must include:

1. a Canadian lead government department (LGD) (federal, provincial, territorial, municipal), and;
2. a public or private sector partner organization that is different than the LGD.

Additional Canadian or international partners from the public or private sectors are permitted as long as the partnership requirements are satisfied, see 3.1.3 of the CFP for additional information on Partnership.

Funding Availability

$1,000 to $1,500,000 CAD

Indirect Costs

Universities and Colleges may apply overhead separately, therefore 40% would apply.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicants applying as part of a team are to submit full proposals along with a signed OR-5 form to

External Deadline

All documents to be uploaded to SAP Ariba.

How to Apply

This Call for Proposals involves a three stage process: 

Stage 1 – Proposal submission, evaluation and establishment of pool of qualified proposals: In this stage, bidders are invited to present their proposed solution against a Challenge by submitting a completed electronic proposal submission form in SAP Ariba as specified in the CFP guidelines attached to this alert. Proposals are evaluated against the evaluation criteria and, if found responsive, proposals are placed in a pool of qualified proposals. All bidders will receive notification of the evaluation results at this point. All qualified proposals will be submitted to the Proposal Selection Committee (PSC) for review and selection in Stage 2.

Stage 2 – Proposal Selection Committee, selection and final notification: In this stage, the PSC considers the evaluation results of the proposals and examines the distribution of investment across strategic considerations parameters. All qualified proposals from the pool will proceed to be considered against these strategic considerations parameters and some will be selected for funding within the current available budget. The selected proposals will advance to Stage 3. Proposals that are not selected for funding will remain in the pool of qualified proposals and may be selected at a later date should additional funding become available. Selection of the proposals is at the sole discretion of the PSC. All bidders on the list of qualified proposals will receive notification of the PSC results at this point.

Stage 3 – Contracting: In this stage, the contracts are negotiated for the proposals that have been selected for funding. This involves, but may not be limited to, the creation of a statement of work, detailed cost breakdowns, price support/validation, and certification signing. Public Services and Procurement Canada will lead all negotiations and approve all resulting contracts / MOAs between Canada and the bidders. The establishment of the pool of qualified proposals, and the selection of proposals for funding, does not constitute a guarantee on the part of Canada that a contract will be awarded. 


For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Devon Staaf, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office

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