Department of National Defence - IDEaS 4th Call for Proposals


Government of Canada - Department of National Defence


Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)


Supporting Troops, Advancing Logistics: Competitive Projects Fourth Call Now Open

Whether it be a pizza at home or food rations for troops in a hostile area, autonomous vehicles are the future of delivery. Use your robotic expertise to get needed supplies to troops in forward areas. Along with supply logistics, modular armour designs are needed that will help adapt vehicles to threats in the here and now, in whatever environment they roll through.

Improving decision making by connecting various data sources as well as giving troops eagle eyes to detect threats will become key components of modern defence systems. And ships present their own unique challenges in ensuring cyber security. Finally, soldiers transitioning back to civilian life from combat presents its own set of unique challenges.

Below please find the four strategic focus areas and funding opportunities within them:

Maximum Project Value

Each challenge will have specific funding identified under the Funding Opportunity.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Please take note of any updates posted to the Public Works and Government Services Canada link under the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of each funding opportunity.

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.

External Deadline

The deadline dates and times stated are as at the date of publishing this Research Alert.  Please visit the funding opportunity for updates. 

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application along with an OR-5 Form to

How to Apply

Each IDEas challenge has its own information, application criteria and specific web-based application process for a funding opportunity.  For details click on the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of a funding opportunity.

IMPORTANT - For applications using the epost Connect system, researchers are encouraged to register in the system well in advance to avoid last minute technical difficulties that could delay your submission.  Researchers will need to request an epost Connect conversation as soon as possible, and if submitting more than one proposal request one conversation for each proposal submitted. 


For Questions, please contact

Contact information can be found in the link for each challenge.

Office of Research

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

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