Cyber Security Cooperation Program (CSCP)

Updated Information

Updated information in the following sections:

  • Indirect costs
  • Maximum Project Value
  • Special Notes
  • How to Apply
  • A PDF of the application is attached below for information purposes so you can see it in it's entirety as the online version only let's you progress to the next page once you have populated information.  The application must be submitted using the on-line application form on the website.
  • Please note, the Funding Application Guide pdf (dated 2019) which was linked to when this Research Alert was first published, is out of date.  Please do not use that guide and refer to the updated Funding Application Guide website only.


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A Call for Proposals (CFP) will be issued up to twice per fiscal year. Each CFP will be posted on the CSCP website for a duration of three weeks and will lay out the specific application requirements, such as the necessary forms and guidelines.  In alignment with the goals and priorities of the new National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), the CSCP is comprised of the following three streams and related objectives:

  1. Security and Resilience: The number and complexity of cyber threats continues to increase. The goal of this stream is to incentivize research and action in the area of cyber resilience. This includes projects that aim to encourage national action to bolster the security and resilience of Canadian systems to cyber threats, and to increase the national cyber security baseline across the country. Funding will be provided for projects that enhance the capacity to prevent, mitigate, and respond to advanced cyber attacks targeting Canadian systems and institutions, and help defend critical government and private sector systems. This includes supporting activities that not only encourage and assist non-federal partners to better protect themselves, but also ensure that Canadian cyber systems are prepared for and can take advantage of rapid technological advancements.
  2. Cyber Innovation: Canada will need to develop innovative cyber security tools and areas of cyber specialization if it is to remain at the forefront of emerging technology and raise a new generation of connected, cyber-capable Canadians. The goal of this stream is to position Canada to take advantage of the economic benefits that can derive from innovations in the cyber security field. Funding will be provided for projects that assist Canadian governments, businesses and citizens in anticipating trends, and that address emerging threats to cyber security posed by disruptive and emerging technologies. This includes support for advanced research and development, and for projects that advance cyber security skills and knowledge in Canada.
  3. Effective Leadership: Canada’s success in cyber security will depend on multiple actors working together on complex and evolving issues. The goal of this stream is for the Government to demonstrate leadership and promote national coordinated action to advance cyber security knowledge, skills and innovation in Canada. Funding will be provided to support projects that enhance stakeholders’ collaboration and coordination in increasing the body of knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues, and ensure that Canadian values and interests are strengthened, preserved and defended. This includes projects that increase public awareness of cyber threats, as well as projects that begin to address the fundamental gap in available current Canadian data and metrics related to cyber security, with a view to improve decision-making.

The following subjects are being targeted for this current call for proposals. Projects that focus on one of these subjects may be given priority during the assessment phase. No additional points are awarded for targeting multiple streams. Applicants are encouraged to focus the articulation of their proposal around the main or primary project objective(s) and intended outcome(s).

  • Security Secure and Resilience Canadian Systems
    • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose cyber security application solutions for emerging technologies and in the following areas of interest:
      • Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including Industrial Control System and critical infrastructure IoT security
      • Smart cities
      • Artificial intelligence
      • Quantum computing
        • Includes solutions to ensure quantum readiness (preparedness to migrate to post-quantum cryptography)
    • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose automated hardware and software robustness verification solutions.
  • An Innovative and Adaptive Cyber Ecosystem
    • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose solutions to bolster essential learning in cyber security of teachers and/or students at the primary and secondary education levels, seniors, vulnerable groups, residents in isolated regions, etc. across Canada;
    • Projects that support the development of post-secondary level cyber security degree programs;
    • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose solutions to train criminal justice practitioners on cybercrime and cybercrime prosecutions; projects and/or research that explore and/or propose solutions on cybercrime investigative processes, tools and techniques, and to train law enforcement and other investigative and police bodies.
  • Effective Leadership, Governance and Collaboration
    • Projects and research on Data Sovereignty;
    • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose solutions to bolster the cyber security workforce in Canada:
      • Support organizations to recruit, retain and train cyber security staff; and/or
      • Support Canadians to understand the career potential in the cyber security industry.
    • Data collection exercises to address data gaps around Canada’s cyber security workforce, workforce needs, and the cyber talent gap across industry sectors.


Grants and Contributions may be provided to the following classes of Recipients:

  1. Canadian not-for-profit organizations;
  2. Canadian academic and research institutions;
  3. Provincial, territorial and local governments and authorities; and,
  4. Canadian individual researchers and professionals.

In addition to the above list, Contributions may also be provided to the following class of Recipients:

  1. Canadian for-profit organizations.

Funding Availability

$4.2 million for April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024

Maximum Project Value

The maximum funding amount shall not exceed $300,000 annually per Contribution. In the case of for-profit organizations, the maximum funding amount shall not exceed $100,000 annually per Contribution. The maximum funding amount shall not exceed $150,000 annually per Grant.

Stacking Limit

Contributions made under the funding program do not cover expenses already covered through another funding program or strategy. Applicants/Recipients will be required to disclose all confirmed and potential sources of funding (governmental and non-governmental) for a proposed project, before the start and at the end of a project.  Where possible and appropriate, the cost of an eligible activity will be shared between the sponsor, the Recipient and/or external funders. The sponsor will ensure that the total Canadian government funding  (federal/provincial/ territorial/municipal assistance) does not exceed 75% of the total eligible expenditures. 

Applicants are required to provide 25% of the total project costs through cash or in-kind contributions.  

  • Contributions must be pro-rated to match the start and end dates of the proposed project.   
  • Letters of support are required verifying the contributions. 
  • Faculty time is ineligible towards the applicant's 25% contribution, however, incremental course release costs are eligible.
  • Student stipends are eligible towards the 25% contribution (cash contribution), however, only the portion of the stipend that can be directly attributed to the time the student spends on the project.  
  • Subject to anti-stacking provisions, applicants may request a maximum of $900,000 ($300,000/year * 3 years) from the sponsor, plus an additional 15% on the request for indirect costs (IDR).  The total maximum eligible from the sponsor under this program is $1, 035,000 over 3 years.
  • Stacking Limit - the federal sponsor's contribution (max of 75%) includes all levels of government funding.  If funding from another government source is used to support the project, the funding provided under this program by Canada will be reduced accordingly. 

Indirect Costs

  • 15% IDR must be included in Canada's share (75%) of total project costs.  
  • IDR is ineligible on the applicant's share (25%).      

Project Duration

The current terms and conditions for the CSCP will be valid from the date they receive approval from the Treasury Board Secretariat until March 31, 2024.

Special Notes

Intellectual Property

If a project produces intellectual property, the Recipient retains copyright of any work produced under the Contribution Agreement. However, in situations where the Department wishes to use the intellectual property produced by a Recipient, additional clauses may be included in the Contribution Agreement or the Department may negotiate a licence with the Recipient.


  • Budgets should be based on the government fiscal year of April 1 - March 31, beginning April 1, 2021. 
  • Eligible expenses may not be incurred prior to April 1, 2021, or the date a funding agreement is fully executed.  The later of the two will serve as the date for incurring eligible expenses.  Researchers are asked to take this into account when preparing their budgets.
  • There is no carry forward of expenses across government fiscal years.  Please ensure your budgets are as accurate as possible based on the fiscal year of April 1-March 31.
  • Letters of support are required for third party cash and in-kind contributions.
  • Letters of support for the project may be attached.
  • Funds may only be distributed to eligible recipients as listed in the terms and conditions of the program.


Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit a downloaded copy of your application along with a signed OR-5, and supporting documentation, to the Office of Research by the internal deadline.

External Deadline

How to Apply

A Call for Proposals (CFP) will be issued up to twice per fiscal year. Each CFP will be posted on the CSCP website for a duration of three weeks and will lay out the specific application requirements, such as the necessary forms and guidelines.  The Funding Application Guide is a step-by-step guide for information and guidance in completing an application for funding under the Cyber Security Cooperation Program (CSCP).  Review the information in the  Funding Application Guide carefully, noting all of the required information and supporting documentation.  Documents to be completed:

All applicants will be required to provide the following supporting material:

  • A detailed project description, including a description of the proposed activities, the anticipated reach, and expected results (desired outcomes) of the project. These must relate to the objectives and key expected results of the CSCP.
  • The amount of funding requested under the CSCP.
  • An itemized budget for the entire project, disclosing all revenues from all sources (confirmed and potential). This should include in-kind support, as well as every expenses expected over the life of the project.
  • Names, titles and contact information of the persons responsible for managing the project.
  • A commitment to provide a report on the results.

Depending on the nature and duration of the project, the following additional supporting material could be requested:

  • An implementation plan, including a description of the targeted clientele, the expected outputs and outcomes, the data gathering methodologies and timelines.
  • A copy of the beneficiary’s most recent applicable financial statements.

In addition, to prevent the risk of conflict of interest, the recipient must:

  • Disclose the involvement of prospective recipients who are subject to the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service, the Conflict of Interest Act (S.C. 2006, C.9) or the Parliament of Canada Act (R.S., 1985, c. P-1.01).
  • When required by the Lobbying Act, register lobbyists under the Lobbying Act (applicants shall provide assurance that, where lobbyists are utilized, they are registered in accordance with the Lobbying Act and that no actual or potential conflict of interest exists nor any contingency fee arrangement).
  • Discuss the role of a departmental official, if one is to participate on an advisory committee or board. Such involvement must not be seen to be exercising control on the committee or board, or on the use of the funds.

Faculty must print a copy of the completed application form prior to submitting to the sponsor and submit to Research Services with a signed Or-5 by the internal deadline.


For Questions, please contact

Grants and Contribution coordinator at

Office of Research

Angela Vuk, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x55026

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