About the Defence Engagement Program

Latest Information


  • DEP is pleased to announce the launched of the first round of the Targeted Engagement Grants for Fiscal Year 2016/2017, with funds to be awarded in June. This will be ideal for those applicants who are planning their projects for fall 2016.
  • The results from the second round of the Targeted Engagement Grants for Fiscal Year 2015/2016 is now available. Please consult Results page for more information.

The aim of the DEP is to help the Defence Team respond to the myriad of security challenges facing Canada by supporting projects on cross-cutting multi-disciplinary issues that affect not only the Department, but also its Whole-of-Government partners. To that end, the DEP will help the Department access external expertise that informs, confirms, and challenges the Defence Team's policy thinking.

The DEP will promote a multidisciplinary approach to security and defence issues by offering support to the Department's partners in academia, non-governmental organisations, think-tanks, and the private sector. Specifically, the DEP will provide targeted engagement grants for individuals and institutions to conduct projects for academic activities, conferences, publications, or other initiatives that are directly relevant to the Department's engagement priorities.

Please note that the DEP is currently not offering any Fellowship and Scholarship Awards. The Targeted Engagement Grant Program provides non-recurring, financial support, up to a maximum of $25,000, to projects such as conferences, roundtables, workshops and publications that are aligned with Defence Team Engagement Priorities.