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Innovation Networks Challenge


Up to $1,500,000 (over 3 years)


In response to the rapid development and deployment of commercial 5G technologies, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking to stimulate the application of advances in technologies for 5G and beyond to defence and security problems.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible organizations or institutions are:

  • Canadian universities and educational institutions chartered in Canada;
  • Incorporated for-profit organizations;
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations;
  • Provincial/territorial and municipal government organizations; and
  • International universities and educational institutions.

Eligible Expenses

Up to $1,500,000 (over 3 years) to develop a research micro-network to stimulate collaboration and build a network of expertise in support of Canada’s current and future defence and security needs.

Eligible costs are limited to the following categories:

  • Stipends, salaries and benefits for students, research assistants and technical staff, reflecting the exact costs that are directly related to Micro-net project activities;
  • Equipment acquisitions or rentals, not to exceed $5,000 per acquisition. Cost category not to exceed 20% of the total approved eligible costs.
  • Professional, scientific, technical consultant services (provided by third parties not affiliated with the Micro-net);
  • Laboratory analysis services;
  • Materials and supplies;
  • Publication, outreach and communication costs;
  • Travel in accordance with the National Joint Council’s Travel Directive; and
  • Administrative overhead costs – not to exceed 15% of the total approved eligible costs (before overhead)

Deadline Date

  LOI: December 7, 2021
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