Defence Research and Development Canada: Innovation Call for Proposals


Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)


Innovation Call for Proposals (CFP)

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Announcement for Call for Proposals
Materials for Call for Proposals


This CFP is an invitation to bidders to submit innovative science and technology (S&T) proposals in support of Canada’s defence, security and public safety. 

More specifically, this CFP identifies S&T Challenges (see Annex B of the CFP under the "Attachments" section) that relate to the following DRDC programs and for which innovative solutions are sought:

Stream A: Public Safety and Security

DRDC is looking for novel ideas and innovative solutions to resolve public safety and security S&T Challenges under the theme of “smart communities and systems”. Stream A is in support of Canada’s resilience primarily through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP)’s S&T investments. The CSSP is a whole-of-government initiative that strengthens Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of S&T with policy, operations and intelligence.

Stream B: Support to Canada’s Defence Policy “Strong, Secured, Engaged”

Stream B is in support of Canada’s new Defence Policy, “Strong, Secured, Engaged”, released in June 2017. This policy states that “Innovative technology, knowledge, and problem solving are critical for Canada and its allies to mitigate new threats, stay ahead of potential adversaries, and meet evolving defence and security needs, while generating economic benefits for Canada.”

The S&T Challenges under Stream B will support three DND clients: Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science and Technology (S&T) Program, and Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Infrastructure and Environment (IE)


Applicable to S&T Challenges for Stream A only -  Proposals must have a minimum of two partner organizations and must satisfy the following:

  • Identification of a partnership that includes:
    • a Lead Canadian Government Department* prepared to be the project champion and, at a minimum, commit resources to initiate the requisition for contract, receive invoices/deliverables, verify milestone payments, and facilitate project reporting requirements to DRDC; and
    • a different Government Department from, or any other partner.  
  • Submission of a complete Partnership Signature Form as set out in Annex G.  The Bidders  as well as all entities/organizations identified as  partners involved in a proposal must sign, and at a minimum, be at a level:  
    • of Director General or higher for the federal government; and
    • acceptable for a provincial/territorial/municipal government, academic institution, or a private industry to authorize the financial and operational commitment of its organization for the proposal.  

Funding Availability

Approximately $19 million has been allocated for Stream A and $5 million for Stream B, for an estimated $24 million in total funding.  All proposals must be costed in Canadian dollars.  

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

There are a number of certifications and mandatory requirements for this Call for Proposals that the Office of Research will need to assist with. If you are interested in applying, please contact Carolyn Dowling-Osborn, Awards & Agreements Officer, ASAP and no later than Friday, November 24, 2017.


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

External Deadline

Internal Deadline to be determined in consultation with Office of Research. Please contact Awards & Agreements Officer, Carolyn Dowling-Osborn.

How to Apply

Please contact Carolyn Dowling-Osborn, Awards & Agreements Officer, ASAP for additional information on how to apply. 

This is a two-stage procurement process consisting of: 

Stage 1: Proposal submission and evaluation

Stage 2: Contracting

For Questions, please contact

Emily Baxter, Contracting Authority for DRDC
Telephone: 873-469-4819
Facsimile: 819- 997-2229


Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Senior Manager, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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