Department of Defence Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)

To facilitate the free-flow of ideas, Innovation Networks, one of eight elements of the IDEaS program, is supporting the creation of networks of investigators from the innovation ecosystem that perform research and development (R&D) in an area of interest to the Department of National Defence.

Summary of Key Information

  • Funding mechanism: Non-repayable contribution
  • Total funding available: $9,000,000
  • Maximum amount per proposal: $1,500,000
  • Duration of contribution: Up to 36 months from award
  • Eligible proposals must include multidisciplinary teams of investigators from at least three separate institutions and/or organizations, one of which must be a Canadian university
  • Contribution funds must be administered by a Canadian university

How it works

The first Innovation Networks Call for Proposals will fund a series of micro-networks (termed Micro-nets); self-organized multidisciplinary teams of five or more investigators from at least three different institutions or organizations. Over time, these Micro-nets are expected to evolve to generate a critical mass of experience and knowledge, toward solving specific defence and security challenges.

The present call is open to teams of researchers who will propose R&D activities generally situated within Solution Readiness Levels 1 – 6, inclusive.

How to Apply:

  1. Read the Application Guide
  2. Become familiar with the Innovation Networks current Innovation Challenge
  3. Lead Applicants interested in applying should register themselves on the Application Portal.
  4. Once registered, Lead Applicants can submit a Letter of Intent (LoI) via the Application Portalno later than July 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT. The LoI will be evaluated based on a single mandatory evaluation criterion on a pass or fail basis.
  5. Successful LoI applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal via the Application portal no later than October 12th, 2018, 12:00 pm (noon) EDT. The Full Proposals will be evaluated using six point-rated criteria.

An overview of the application and evaluation process is visually depicted in Annex E of the Applicant Guide.

Agency Name: 
Government of Canada National Defence
Contact Name: 
Emma Dering
Grant Amount: 
Maximum amount per proposal: $1,500,000
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Friday, July 13, 2018
Internal Deadline: 
Friday, July 13, 2018
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: