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Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Innovation

Posted by Suman Jha on November 6, 2017 in Research Funding

The Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Innovation Call for Proposals was launched 26 October 2017, and will close on 11 December 2017.

This CFP is an invitation to bidders to submit innovative science and technology (S&T) proposals in support of Canada’s defence, security and public safety. 

More specifically, this CFP identifies S&T Challenges (see Annex B of the CFP) that relate to the following DRDC programs and for which innovative solutions are sought:

Stream APublic Safety and Security
DRDC is looking for novel ideas and innovative solutions to resolve public safety and security S&T Challenges under the theme of “smart communities and systems”. Stream A is in support of Canada’s resilience primarily through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP)’s S&T investments. The CSSP is a whole-of-government initiative that strengthens Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of S&T with policy, operations and intelligence.

Stream B: Support to Canada’s Defence Policy “Strong, Secured, Engaged”
Stream B is in support of Canada’s new Defence Policy, “Strong, Secured, Engaged”, released in June 2017. This policy states that “Innovative technology, knowledge, and problem solving are critical for Canada and its allies to mitigate new threats, stay ahead of potential adversaries, and meet evolving defence and security needs, while generating economic benefits for Canada.”

The S&T Challenges under Stream B will support three DND clients: Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science and Technology (S&T) Program, and Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Infrastructure and Environment (IE)

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) applies to this procurement.

The requirement is conditionally limited to Canadian goods and/or services.

The following may apply to the resulting contract(s), based on the Proposal:

  1. A security requirement may be associated with this requirement. Valid security clearances may be required to execute a project described in a proposal from the finalized pool of pre-qualified proposals for funding. Canada will determine the level of security required for the project and will be responsible for managing the acquisition of any necessary security clearances.

    For more information on personnel and organization security screening or security clauses, bidders should refer to the Industrial Security Program (ISP) of Public Works and Government Services Canada website. (

  2. The region of delivery for the goods and/or services may be delivered in an area subject to Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements (CLCAs).
  3. Any resulting procurement may be subject to the Controlled Goods Program.
  4. The Federal Contractors Program (FCP) for employment equity applies to this procurement. See the Article titled Federal Contractors Program for Employment Equity – Certification of the Certifications and Additional Information document and the Draft Resulting Contract Clauses, published in the References section of the electronic Proposal Submission form or can be viewed on the BuyandSell website.

The mandatory and point rated evaluation criteria are included in Annex C of the DRDC Innovation CFP.

Proposals that satisfy all of the mandatory criteria, achieve the minimum point-rated evaluation score overall and in each criterion (where applicable), and meet all other requirements of the CFP will be considered responsive and submitted to the Proposal Selection Committee. This is not a guarantee that a responsive proposal will be selected for funding or that a contract will be awarded.

All responsive proposals will be considered for funding in accordance with the selection process summarized in the CFP.

The DRDC Innovation CFP is available electronically under "Solicitation Documents" below.

Emily Baxter
Supply Team Leader
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Acquisitions Branch
Place du Portage, Phase III
11 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0S5

Telephone: (873) 469-4819
E-mail address:

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