What is IDEaS?

Innovation for Defence Excellence & Security (IDEaS) is a Department of National Defence program connecting creative thinkers with Canada’s toughest defence & security challenges.

Bring your concept to us at any stage, and keep your Intellectual Property. We’ll provide funding & expertise from experts & scientists who will help chart your path forward.

IDEaS at a glance

  • $1.6 billion in funding over 20 years
  • Over 360 projects funded to date
  • 57 challenges issued
  • More than 200 funded entities

What does IDEaS provide?

Up to $1.2 million in funding for your idea.

Phased development to encourage and advance your solution.

Up to $1.5 million to share with your partners.

Collaborate and refine your idea with academics, industry and other partners.

Test your innovation in a controlled environment.

We provide the scenario & environment, you provide the science & technology.

Get in the running for big cash prizes.

Compete against fellow innovators by bringing your "A" game to help solve military challenges.

Have your product or service assessed in a real world environment.

Defence personnel acquire and evaluate your solutions.

How do I get started?

Sign up to our email list to learn more. Receive challenges directly in your inbox along with news and updates.
Visit ‘Current opportunities’ for a list of our active challenges. See if your tech fits with our latest set of S&T challenges.
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