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DND Invests in Canadian Solutions to COVID-19 Challenges


Canada’s Department of National Defence has made investments in support of research and development efforts related to COVID-19. Two contribution agreements, totaling $369,050, have been awarded to Guelph-based innovators under the Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.

The contribution agreements, which address two recent IDEaS challenge areas were awarded to:

• University of Guelph to address challenge area Re-using protective equipment in the amount of $169,050.

• Envision SQ Inc. to address challenge area Sanitization of workspaces in the amount of $200,000.

This follows an announcement by Minister of Defence Harjit S. Sajjan on March 4, 2021, of 48 contribution agreements awarded under this call for proposals, with a total value of $8.64 million.

The IDEaS program fosters open innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defense and security challenges.

Innovators are encouraged to consult the IDEaS website for more information on this and subsequent calls for proposals and opportunities.  

“These contribution agreements demonstrate investments in Canadian innovators that will help combat challenges brought on by COVID-19. I look forward to seeing the outcomes of these investments and how they will benefit not only the Canadian Armed Forces, but all Canadians into the future.” – The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“We are committed to doing what it takes to face down the challenge of COVID-19. These investments will support important work right here in Guelph that brings us closer to that goal.” – Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

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