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By Megha Khirwal | August 13, 2018

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:

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."

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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.

Interested in joining the program? Read more about the IDEaS program and applying on the OMX blog or directly through the IDEaS website.


Megha Khirwal

Megha brings 7 years of experience in Sales and Business Operations. She has contributed towards client enrichment and revenue for many start ups and was last associated with SAP Ariba as Sales and Operations Manager.

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