The Government of Canada is seeking proposals from government, industry and academia in support of the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Innovation Call for Proposals. Proposed projects will aim to support the development of science and technology (S&T) tools, knowledge and advice that contribute to defending Canada’s sovereignty and safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of Canadians at home and abroad.
This Innovation Call for Proposals will fund projects under two programs: the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) S&T Program and the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP)
The submission period for proposals will run until January 11, 2017. The selected projects for each program will be announced following completion of a rigorous evaluation process.
Interested bidders should consult information available at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-16-00757940.
ADSA is a new program led by the Department of National Defence (DND), which aims to apply S&T to identify, assess and validate technologies in support of air and maritime surveillance, particularly in the North.
• This is the fifth round of projects under the CSSP, launched in 2012. The CSSP aims to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents through the convergence of S&T with policy, operations and intelligence.
• CSSP is a federally-funded program, led by DRDC’s Centre for Security Science, in partnership with Public Safety Canada, which provides policy guidance.
• DRDC is the national leader in defence and security S&T. As an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides the DND, the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments, as well as the public safety and security communities with the knowledge and technology advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad. DND continuously works alongside its partners including other government organizations, academia, private-sector and other science stakeholders to provide timely and knowledge-based information that is key to senior leadership’s decision-making process.
“The defence, and public safety and security landscape continues to evolve at a rate that requires us to constantly adapt to ensure that we have the best tools and knowledge to respond to existing and emerging threats and risks. Investment opportunities like those made possible by the DRDC Innovation
Call for Proposals enable us to develop new capabilities to address these challenges, which ultimately safeguard Canadians.”
Dr. Marc Fortin, Assistant Deputy Minister (S&T) and Chief Executive Officer of DRDC
“Building a safe and resilient Canada is a responsibility shared by all Canadians and Public Safety is committed to supporting innovative science and technology projects. The modernization of emergency management strengthens a whole-of-society resilience and the projects funded through this call contribute to these advancements.”
Lori MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch, Public Safety Canada