Don’t miss your chance! Apply now: Minefield breaching challenge

The IDEaS program is looking for game-changing solutions to aid Ukraine during minefield breaching operations.

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are seeking early-stage solutions (Technology Readiness Level 1-6) for detecting mines and other obstacles in modern minefields, and clearing a route through the minefield by defeating them in some manner. Technologies developed will support capabilities in Ukraine as well as advance the capabilities of the CAF in future minefield breaching or clearance initiatives.

Up to $1 million in developmental funding for early stage (TRL 1-6) technology will be available per project. Canadian industry, not-for-profits, and academia are welcome to apply. Provincial/territorial, or municipal government organizations may also apply.

All applications must be submitted by May 28, 2024, at 2:00 pm EDT.

Visit the Safer passage for minefield breaching operations in Ukraine challenge web page to apply.


The applicant and their partners must be a legal entity duly incorporated and validly existing in Canada, including:

  • Canadian universities and educational institutions chartered in Canada
  • Incorporated Canadian not-for-profit organizations or associations
  • Incorporated Canadian for-profit companies, organizations or associations
  • Provincial/territorial, or municipal government organizations

Federal and provincial crown corporations are not eligible for funding.

While partners collaborating on IDEaS projects must be legally incorporated in Canada, Canadian innovators are encouraged to learn from the real-world experience of Ukrainians. Under a contribution agreement, consultant services are an eligible cost. In no case can more than 50% of eligible costs be incurred outside of Canada.