NATO Innovation Challenge 2022 - Resilience: Data Management and Security


NATO, HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) via the NATO Innovation Hub


Innovation Challenge 2022/Fall: Resilience – Data management and security in the context of reconstruction efforts

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Please review the NATO Innovation Challenge page. 


The NATO Innovation Challenge, initiated in 2017, is a brainstorming process aimed at resolving common Alliance and Nations operational problems efficiently and cost-effectively. Co-organized by the NATO Innovation Hub (Allied Command Transformation) and NATO Nations, the Challenge gives priority access to non-traditional innovators (academia, individuals, and start-ups) and expands NATO networks and collaboration with industry and academia.

The Innovation Challenge is open to all NATO Nations. It provides visibility to participants and their solutions and, for the winners, offers the opportunity to develop their products. The Challenge is the cornerstone of creating a NATO-wide Innovation Network. The NATO Innovation Network strives to develop a shared culture of innovation among NATO Nations and inspire transformation.

The NATO Innovation Challenge is organized twice a year by Allied Command Transformation - NATO Innovation Hub. This edition is co-organized with the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) and the Romanian Ministry of National Defence, who will host the finale.

This challenge focuses on data management and security in the context of civil-military cooperation in support of reconstruction efforts. It addresses Resilience from a whole-of-society approach, combining the civilian, economic, commercial, and military factors. It emphasizes the importance of planned data collection, secure data sharing and effective data management during the crisis.


Every innovator can participate. However, only submissions by entities headquartered or located in NATO member countries will be considered for the pre-selection phase. Participants who register as individuals must hold one of NATO countries nationalities. Team representatives must hold a NATO country nationality.

Industry and Academia wishing to respond to this RFIP should read the Request for Innovative Participation document carefully and follow the guidance for responding.

Funding Availability

HQ SACT presents three levels of monetary awards for the top three winners of the IC-22/Fall:

a. first place: $5,000 USD;
b. second place: $2,500 USD;
c. third place: $1,000 USD.

Relevant solutions could support the development of future NATO concepts, doctrine, standards, requirements, capability development, and will get stage-time at NATO-wide events.

The three winners will be invited to attend NATO Edge Flagship Conference on October 25-27, 2022, at Lotto Mons Expo, in Mons, Belgium.

The winner’s package will include:

  • One registration waiver for admission to NATO Edge event;
  • Award ceremony on the opening day (announcement and welcome of the winners in a plenary session, including a short pitch per solution);
  • Free showcase space at NATO Edge exhibition;
  • Possibility to demonstrate their innovative solutions on-site in front of key NATO, national and industry audiences.


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

External Deadline

Submit abstract via the Nato Innovation Challenge: submit your abstract website until September 19, 2022.

How to Apply

First register (click on Participate) then submit your abstract via the Nato Innovation Challenge: submit your abstract website until September 19, 2022. If your abstract is selected during the preselection phase, you will attend the finale (hybrid event) and compete against the nine (9) other finalists in front of a jury of experts.

Abstract Requirements

The abstract should include:

  1. The name of the team and its members (Industry/academia);
  2. The name of the proposed solution and which area(s) of interest it addresses;
  3. Name(s) of participant’s representative(s) (new representatives cannot be appointed after pre-selection);
  4. How it answers the challenge statement and why the solution is relevant to NATO. How it answers the three criteria of usefulness, innovativness and feasibility.

The abstract can include up to 4500 characters max text document, with attachments. Only non classified information and data can be uploaded. Abstracts should be written in English.

Judging criteria

Solutions will be scored by a pool of experts during the pre-selection phase and the finale against:

  • Usefulness: potential impact of proposed solution on challenge topic.
  • Innovativeness: is it a genuinely new idea or an already existing solution adapted for this Challenge?
  • Feasibility: is the solution easy and cheap to develop and implement?
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