The first Innovation for Defense Excellence and Security (IDEaS) contracts were awarded last week. Almost half a million dollars have been awarded to three Canadian organizations to tackle Canada's most pressing defence challenges.
The IDEaS program looks to leverage Canadian innovation from companies, universities, and consultants to solve pressing defence challenges.
The program comes with $313 million in funding for various projects over the next five years and a total $1.6 billion over the next 20 years.
Three organizations were awarded a total of $490,000 on August 9:
- SkyHive Technologies: “SkyHive Women in the Military”
- University of Ottawa: “A multi-stage approach to addressing sex-disparities in musculoskeletal injuries in military operators”
- Xtract AI: “Smart recruiting using deep learning”
The three contracts were awarded in response to "the challenge of how the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) can recruit, retain and increase representation of women."
There are currently 16 challenges being considered:
Theme one: People and Enhanced Human Performance
- Understanding and addressing post-traumatic stress disorder
- Recruit, retain, and reach 25% female representation by 2026
- Cognitive performance enhancement
- Predicting and optimizing personnel performance
- Human performance in extreme climatic environments
- Lightweight ballistic protection
- Collaboration of robotic systems
Theme two: Anticipate Threat
- Detection and classification of objects of interest
- Persistent maritime surveillance
- Identification and characterization of space objects
- What is in full motion video?
- Making sense of the chatter
- Cyber attribution for the defence of Canada
Theme Three: Adapt to a Changing Environment
- Chemical, biological and radiological hazard detection and planning
- Resilient non-global positioning system based positioning, navigation and timing
- Proactive deterrence
The next application deadlines are under the "Autonomous Systems for Defence and Security: Trust and Barriers to Adoption" category on August 31 for a letter of intent and November 30 for a full proposal.