Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 22, 2008 14:09 ET

Government of Canada Invests Over $30 Milliion for Science and Technology Projects to Enhance Canada's Security and Safety

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - Defence Research and Development Canada today announced a federal investment of more than $30 million for 20 new research projects chosen to strengthen Canada's ability to deal with potential chemical, biological, radiological-nuclear and explosives threats.

"I would like to congratulate all the teams receiving funding this year. These projects will ensure Canada remains a world leader in science and technology-based security research," said Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "The partnerships forged through this unique research initiative are a clear demonstration that cooperation between government, academia and industry can yield great results for a safer Canada."

Funding for these projects is provided through the Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI) following a selection process in which applicants demonstrated how their project responds to science and technology priorities for public safety and security.

"It was a requirement that the projects submitted involve collaborations among all levels of government, industry and academia, here in Canada and abroad," said Dr. Robert Walker, Assistant Deputy Minister (Science and Technology), Department of National Defence, and Chief Executive Officer of Defence R&D Canada. "By fostering these partnerships, the Government of Canada is ensuring that the best ideas are brought to the table when it comes to enhancing Canada's safety and security."

The specified priorities for this round of projects were: Risk Assessment and Priority Setting, Explosives Threats and Capabilities, Medical and Casualty Management, Public Confidence and Socio-Behavioural Factors, Criminal and National Security Investigation Capabilities, Security of the Food System and System-of-Systems Approach to Capability Management.

The CRTI was originally launched in May 2002 as a five-year, $170 million initiative to enhance Canada's ability to prevent, prepare for, and respond to terrorism involving chemical, biological, and radiological-nuclear threats. Funding for CRTI originated from the 2001 Public Security and Anti-Terrorism budget, which was announced after the events of September 11, 2001. CRTI was renewed in December 2006 for an additional five years, with new funding totalling $175 million under an expanded mandate to include explosives projects and a focus on developing multi-purpose technologies to battle CBRNE threats. Today's announcement marks the second round of project funding since the CRTI's renewal.

CRTI is administered by the Centre for Security Science, a joint endeavour of Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) and Public Safety Canada that was created in 2006. DRDC is an agency of the Department of National Defence, responding to the scientific and technological needs of the Canadian Forces and national security communities. With a broad scientific program, DRDC actively collaborates with industry, international allies, academia, other government departments and the national security community.

BACKGROUNDER

LIST OF NEW PROJECTS BEING FUNDED THROUGH THE CRTI

Research and Technology Development projects close existing gaps in the capabilities and capacities of the science and technology (S&T) and operational communities to effectively respond to CBRNE incidents.

The ten Research and Technology Development projects are:

1. Defence Research and Development Canada will lead a series of indoor and outdoor experiments, which will be used to develop a modeling system to demonstrate how radioactive particles travel through urban areas following the detonation of a Radiological-Dispersal Device (07-0103RD).

2. Canadian Food Inspection Agency will lead the application of Foresight and Future Visioning techniques to the development of an Animal Health Emergency Management network (07-0109RD).

3. National Research Council of Canada will lead the development of new material to be used in Personal Protective Equipment for all-hazard protection of first-responders (07-0121RD).

4. The University of Ottawa will lead the design and delivery of training materials for decision-makers to assess the capability and resiliency of rural health care systems (07-0135RD).

5. Defence Research and Development Canada will lead the assessment of vehicle born explosives threats (07-0153).

6. Defence Research and Development Canada will lead the development and testing of technology for the detection of explosives from a safe distance (07-0179RD).

7. Defence Research and Development Canada will lead the development of a field-deployable medical management tool that will assist first responders, physicians and nurses in determining appropriate treatment strategies for someone who has been subject to radiological contamination (07-0186RD).

8. Natural Resources Canada will lead the development of a prototype Compton gamma imager, which is in essence a 'camera' that will show the location of radiological material in an intuitive graphic form (07-0193RD).

9. The National Microbiology Laboratory of the Public Health Agency of Canada will lead the establishment of a Microbial Forensics Centre to provide law enforcement agencies with analysis of biological samples that can stand up to legal scrutiny (07-0219RD).

10. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will lead the development of computerized mapping tools to track contaminated food in the food distribution network. (07-0234RD).

Technology Acceleration projects aim to more rapidly commercialize technologies that are already in development in order to address key capacity gaps and deliver needed technologies into the hands of responders in a more timely and efficient manner.

The four Technology Acceleration projects are:

11. Med-Eng Systems Inc., an Allen-Vanguard company, will lead the assessment of commercial, off-the-shelf sensors that measure the impact of an explosion on the body. These sensors will then be consolidated into a system that will be integrated into the helmet and suit of first responders to assist medical staff in identifying appropriate treatment options after an explosion (07-0123TA).

12. Canadian Food Inspection Agency will lead a project that will improve on a previously CRTI-funded project to develop detection technology that can detect a wider-range of biological substances infecting crops and livestock (07-0132TA).

13. Department of National Defence will lead a project that will improve on a previously-funded CRTI project through which the first electronic neutron dosimeter, a tool that measures radiation dose, was developed. Improvements will enable the tool to detect and measure a broader-range of radiological material including "gamma" hazards (07-0190TA).

14. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc. will lead the continuation of a previously-funded CRTI project by readying the CBRN Crime Scene Modeler, a tool that creates precise 3D models of CBRNE crime scenes, for first responder field trials (07-0216TA).

Technology Demonstration projects involve the participation of the operational community from the beginning of a project in order to ensure that the S&T capacity being developed truly responds to their needs. These projects show off the usefulness of new technologies by having them tested in an operational setting and providing the end-user with a "leave-behind" capability which allows them to permanently integrate the knowledge and technology acquired into their daily operations.

The six Technology Demonstration projects are:

15. Defence Research and Development Canada will lead the design, development and testing of a system that will enable first responders to detect "alpha" and "beta" radiological contamination in situ with speed, accuracy, and at a safe distance (07-0104TD).

16. Health Canada will lead the development of a deployable sampling system that will enable rapid, on-site collection and analysis of low-activity and difficult to detect "alpha" and "beta" radiological emitters (07-113TD).

17. Defence Research and Development Canada will lead the identification of methods for handling and decontaminating forensic evidence while still maintaining the continuity and quality of evidence required by the legal courts (07-0148TD).

18. The AMITA Corporation will lead a project that builds on previous CRTI-funded projects and collaborations to deliver an information management system. This tool will enable first responders and emergency medical care personnel to better care for casualties, from arrival at the incident to the moment patients are placed in the care of medical authorities (07-0150TD).

19. Public Works and Government Services Canada will lead the development of a national standard to guide the design of new buildings that are more resistant to blasts, as well as to guide the assessment of existing buildings in order to evaluate their stability (07-0176TD).

20. Environment Canada will lead a project that builds on a previously CRTI-funded project to deliver a modeling system that can identify where a CBRNE incident has taken place and track the movement of the threat within a designated geographical area (07-0196TD).

Partners in Public Security Science & Technology

A Government of Canada lead department has been identified, for each CRTI project, to work with other federal departments, as well as municipal and provincial governments, academia, and industry partners

The following partners are involved in the projects listed above:

Federal Partners

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Defence R&D Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Department of National Defence, Environment Canada, Health Canada, National Microbiology Laboratory, National Research Council of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Public Safety Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Transport Canada.

Academic Partners

Academia University, McGill University, McMaster University, Queens University, Royal Military College of Canada, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Canterbury (New Zealand), University of Defence (Czech), University of Minnesota (US), University of Moncton, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, University of Prince Edward Island, York University

Municipal and Provincial Partners

Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, British Columbia Ambulance Service, Calgary Police Services, Centre of Forensic Science, Hamilton Police Services, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Montreal Fire Services, Montreal Police Services, Montreal Port Authority, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ottawa Police Services, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Toronto Medical Services, Toronto Police Services, Vancouver Police Department

US and International Partners

Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (US), Atomic Weapons Establishment (UK), Department of Defence (US), Federal Bureau of Investigation (US), Florida Department of Health (US), Institute for Animal Health (UK), Los Alamos National Lab (US), New South Wales Police (Australia), Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Finland), US Department of State (US), UK Home Office (UK).

Industry Partners

ABB BOMEM, ABSG Consulting Inc., AEREX Avionique, AMITA Corporation, AUG Signals Ltd., Bubble Technology Industries Inc., Correct Solutions, E-privacy Management Systems Inc., Genopod Inc., International Safety Research, Isotech Design Inc., JD Wilson & Associates, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc., Martec Limited, MDA Corporation, Med-Eng System Inc., Nanogen Inc., SAIC Canada, TDV Global Inc., Telops Inc., Timescales Scientific Ltd., Waterloo CFD Engineering Consulting Inc.

Other Partners

CAM Emergency Preparedness, Canadian Red Cross, Canada Standards Association

Dairy Farmers of Canada, GPI Atlantic

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