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Call for Applications: IDEaS Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox

December 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Department of National Defense (DND) /the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) is accepting applications to the Corrosion Detection in Ships (CDIS) Sandbox Challenge, under the Innovation of Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program.  The Sandbox will take place at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the spring of 2021.  A summary is provided below.   


To offer innovators the opportunity to test and demonstrate their solutions to published challenges. Participants will get the opportunity to showcase their products in realistic simulations, with successful demonstrations resulting in access to an actual vessel to demonstrate their solution in a real-world environment.   The scenario and environment are provided by the DND/CAF, and participants will receive observational feedback from DND/CAF experts and potential users. 


Selected participants will be invited to demonstrate their solutions to this challenge at the CDIS Sandbox, April 19 – May 14, 2021 in Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Deadlines  Application due at ORS for full review: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 
Final application and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review:  by 9:00 am Friday, December 11, 2020  Application due at agency:  Tuesday, December 15, 2020   
Please contact your Faculty Research Officer for information on their internal deadlines.   
ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here: 
For more information and how to apply, please visit the following link:       

Not eligible   
  • DND/CAF is providing the test environment at no cost to participants 
  • DND/CAF is providing the test environment at no cost to participants 

The Participant is 100% responsible for all costs above the ceiling amount, as well as all cost not covered. The cost ceiling for this Sandbox is $24,000 and the maximum share provided by DND/CAF to Participants is $12,000 or 50% of eligible expenses, whichever is less