Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) – Innovation Networks: Micro-nets grants – LOI

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Memorial Deadline: Thursday 2nd, December 2021

External Deadline: Tuesday 7th, December 2021


Recognizing that successful sustainable research networks take time to build, Innovation Networks calls for proposals are to support the creation of smaller networks, or Micro-nets, that perform research on one or more aspects of an S&T Challenge. A micro-net is a self-organized multidisciplinary team of at least three eligible organizations/institutions who carry out interdisciplinary research on aspects of an S&T Challenge of common interest.

It is envisioned that the coalescence of successful Micro-nets (and where appropriate other networks/participants) continue to form larger sustainable national Innovation Networks dedicated to further research on a particular challenge.

Micro-nets foster the development of a critical mass of researchers, highly qualified personnel and expertise within the Canadian innovation community and encourage the progression of innovative solutions along the solution readiness levels maturity scale (SRLs 1 through 6).

See Annex C for descriptions of solution readiness levels.

The objectives of the IDEaS Innovation Networks element are to:

  • * Encourage, enhance, sustain and support interdisciplinary research collaborations between academia, the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, and other levels of government (excluding federal government departments/agencies), to build a critical mass of expertise and knowledge applicable to the defence and security of Canada;
  • * Support basic and applied research, analysis, technology development and knowledge transfer leading to innovative solutions to key S&T Challenges for defence and security identified by DND and/or its safety and security partners; and
  • * Enable researchers from varied disciplines and areas of expertise to work together to demonstrate an added value that each researcher, if funded individually, would not have been able to reach alone.

Full details here.

Funding Sources

Government of Canada

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: November 17, 2021