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Winner of Defence Engagement Program Trial Network

Canada’s Defence Policy – Strong, Secure, Engaged – calls for an enhanced relationship with the external expert community by increasing investment in academic outreach to $4.5 million in a revamped and expanded Defence Engagement Program. These new resources will help support a strong knowledge base in defence and security, contribute to Canadians’ understanding of defence and security issues, and help foster the next generation of defence and security experts.

National Defence has reached an important milestone in the expansion of this successful program. Earlier this year, National Defence invited applications for a special grant to form a trial collaborative network of defence and security experts. Applications were received from multidisciplinary teams across the country, offering diverse expertise to help the Defence Team confront current and emerging challenges.

The winning submission, “The Future of Canadian Defence and Security: New Challenges, New Perspectives,” will be led by Professor Bessma Momani of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, in partnership with Professor Brian Bow at the Centre for the Study of Security & Development (CSSD), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Other collaborating institutions are: the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); the Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDA institute); the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS); Women in International Security Canada (WIIS-Canada);; and, the University of Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute.

“New Challenges, New Perspectives”’ innovative approach leverages technological tools, including crowd-sourced webpages and podcasts. It will also deliver a policy brief on Gender Based Analysis Plus, host a graduate student symposium, as well as provide advice to the Defence Team.

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The Defence Engagement Program (DEP) at the Department of National Defence is now accepting applications for Targeted Engagement Grant for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. The DEP grants provide non-recurring financial support, up to a maximum of $50,000, to projects that can include conferences, roundtables, workshops, publications, and other scholarly activities. The DEP promotes a multidisciplinary approach to security and defence issues and thus encourages applicants from various background to propose projects.

The Defence Team’s Engagement Priorities are intended to provide guidance to applicants. The Priorities reflect issues of primary interest to the Department and the CAF. Grant applications should demonstrate consistency with at least one of the Priorities and directly relate to Canada and/or Canadian defence and security interests. Please note, due to the popularity of the DEP, the process has become progressively more competitive. As there is limited funding, grants will be awarded on a top-down basis.

The application deadline for projects in the first round of funding for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 is 23 March 2018, with funds to be awarded between May and July 2018. This should be ideal for those applicants who are planning their projects for fall 2018.

A second round of grants will be launched in fall 2018, with funds to be awarded by the end of December. This should be ideal for those applicants who are planning their projects for spring 2019.

The Defence Team Engagement Priorities are attached.

For more information, including instructions on how to apply, please click here

For information regarding a special grant opportunity, please click here


Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Targeted Engagement Grant recipients. For a full list of recipients, please click here: 2017-2018 recipients



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