IDEaS Pre-announcement – Second Call for Proposals for Innovation Networks

July 4, 2018

The following information was provided by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), which AIAC co-founded, is assessing interest from the industry regarding this initiative. If you are interested, please reach out to Cedric Prince, Director of Programs and Guillaume Cote, National Director, and AIAC VP of Technology and Innovation.

To facilitate the free-flow of ideas, the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program will support the creation of Innovation Networks which will work in areas of interest to Canadian defence and security. A second call for the creation of Innovation Networks, one of eight elements of the IDEaS program, will be issued in the coming weeks.

This second call will invite research proposals from small, multi-disciplinary teams in the field of Autonomous Systems. Teams must be led or co-led by an investigator from a Canadian university, and can be composed of investigators from the academic, for-profit, and/or not-for-profit sectors, as well as provincial/territorial and municipal government organizations. Teams will be encouraged to develop and submit interdisciplinary research proposals addressing one or several areas identified at the time of the call within the broader field of autonomous systems.

The call for the creation of Innovation Networks is in direct response to commitments made for the IDEaS program in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Full details of the research areas of interest, available funding, eligibility, and application procedure will be made available when the second call is announced.

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REMINDER: The First Call for Proposals for Innovation Networks on Advanced Materials was launched on May 28, 2018, and is accepting Letters of Intent until July 13, 2018 at 12:00 noon.