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NATO Innovation Challenge – The invisible threat: Countering cognitive warfare




The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), on behalf of Canada, will be hosting the Fall 2021 NATO Innovation Challenge. The theme of this pitch-style event is Understanding and Protecting the Cognitive Domain.

NATO is looking for tools and measures to identify, assess and protect against attacks on NATO forces and NATO Allies in the cognitive domain.

Eligible Applicants

All applicants from NATO member countries can apply to the NATO Innovation Challenge.

Candidates screened-in for the top “Made in Canada” prize must meet the following eligibility criteria under the IDEaS program:

  • Canadian universities and educational institutions chartered in Canada;
  • Incorporated Canadian not-for-profit organizations or associations;
  • Provincial/territorial or municipal government organizations;
  • Incorporated Canadian for-profit companies, organizations or associations; and
  • Any group, cluster or consortium composed of eligible recipients, and their researchers and professionals, including their international S&T collaborators. All eligible recipients must possess the legal status necessary to enter into an agreement.
  • Federal and provincial crown corporations are not eligible for funding under the Contribution Program.

Eligible Expenses

A pitch-style event will be hosted by Canada on behalf of NATO where innovators can present their solutions to NATO member countries and other interested stakeholders. Cash prizes, as well as international exposure, will be available for the best solutions. There will also be a special recognition for the top “Made in Canada” solution.

Deadline Date

  November 4, 2021.
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