Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 05, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Issues Call for Proposals for Research and Development Into Public Safety and Security Priorities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2012) - Today, the Government of Canada announced that the new Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) has issued the first call for proposals to request submissions for innovative science and technology (S&T) project proposals.

"This investment demonstrates how our Government supports the development of science and technology capabilities to help prevent crises, and enable better response and recovery should an incident occur," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "The Canadian Safety and Security Program will help Canada cope with disasters, minimizing as much as possible their impact on the lives and livelihoods of Canadians."

This competitive call for proposals is part of the CSSP investment that ensures Canadians and their institutions have a greater resilience to global and domestic public safety and security threats. The call for proposals process is administered by Public Works and Government Services Canada, on behalf of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). Interested bidders should consult the CSSP information available online.

"Science and technology investments are becoming increasingly important in the ever-changing risk environment," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "The solutions delivered through the Canadian Safety and Security Program will help broaden Canada's preparedness and response to threats."

For this call, up to $15 million will be available as of April 1, 2013, for new projects under the CSSP. The call for proposals will be open from September 5, 2012, closing on December 5, 2012. The selected projects will be announced by March 2013.

DRDC is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. As an agency of Canada's Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides DND, the Canadian Forces and other government departments as well as the public safety and national security communities with the knowledge and technologies needed to defend and protect Canada's interests at home and abroad.

For more information, please see the backgrounder : http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4357

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