To facilitate the free-flow of ideas, the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program will support the creation of Innovation Networks which will work in areas of interest to Canadian defence and security. A call for the creation of Innovation Networks, one of eight elements of the IDEaS program, will be issued in the coming weeks.
The call will invite research proposals from small, multi-disciplinary teams in the field of Advanced Materials. Teams must be led or co-led by an investigator from a Canadian university, and can be composed of investigators from the academic, for-profit, and/or not-for-profit sectors, as well as provincial/territorial and municipal government organizations. Teams will be encouraged to develop and submit interdisciplinary research proposals addressing one or several areas identified at the time of the call within the broader field of advanced materials.
The call for the creation of Innovation Networks is in direct response to commitments made for the IDEaS program in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.
Full details of the research areas of interest, available funding, eligibility, and application procedure will be made available when the call is announced.
The new defence policy 'Strong, Secure, Engaged' announced that DND will invest $1.6 billion over 20 years, including $313 million in the first five years, to build and promote an innovation ecosystem in defence and security. The funding will foster a vibrant innovation system capable of responding to DND innovation challenges. IDEaS offers a variety of elements which ensure innovators have the opportunity to become aware of Defence and Security challenges and provide developmental support to bring their ideas toward shaping defence capability.