Targeted Engagement Grants – MINDS

Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Social Justice


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Wednesday 16th, October 2019

External Deadline: Monday 21st, October 2019


Strong, Secure, Engaged recognizes that collaboration with academia and other experts strengthens the foundation of evidenced-based policy-making. To that end, it provides direction to increase annual investment in a revamped and expanded defence engagement program. The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program answers this call.

Expanding on the DEP, MINDS delivers a program that:

  • Responds to the need for relevant and timely advice from defence and security experts;
  • Fosters the next generation of experts and scholars; and,
  • Contributes to Canadians understanding of defence and security issues.

However, MINDS provides even greater opportunities for collaboration between the Defence Team and the defence and security expert community. There are five key pillars of MINDS: Expert Briefing Series, Targeted Engagement Grants, Collaborative Networks, Scholarships, and a Rapid Response Mechanism. Each offers a different means for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to access relevant, timely expertise that incorporates a diversity of viewpoints and provides well-rounded advice. The program is committed to reflecting key Government of Canada priorities in the work it delivers, ensuring the incorporation of Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and supporting Indigenous reconciliation and youth engagement.

Targeted Engagement Grants

The Targeted Engagement Grant program aims to drive innovation in defence policy thinking and to foster the next generation of defence and security experts. We are proud to support the exchange of ideas and a diversity of researchers in the domain of security and defence. New forward thinking research and activities are extremely valuable for National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces in the development of evidence-based policy.

The Targeted Engagement Grant Program provides non-recurring financial support, up to a maximum of $50,000 to fund projects such as conferences, roundtables, workshops, research, and publications.

Requests for funding are assessed primarily on relevance to DND/CAF defence policy challenges, the use of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+), as well as innovation and the creative use technology.

If you wish to discuss the eligibility of your proposal prior to submitting it for evaluation, please contact the MINDS Program Manager by email at

Additional program information can be found here. 

Funding Sources

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: September 24, 2019