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Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Call for Proposals Cyber Security Cooperation Program

8 February 2021 @ 10:00 am

The Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is inviting proposals to support and advance efforts to build a safe and resilient Canada throughthe Cyber Security Cooperation Program (CSCP). A summary is provided below.  

Objectives are to: 

  • Support projects that contribute to security and prosperity in the digital age while positioning Canada as a global leader in cyber security 
  • Incentivize research and action in the area of cyber resilience 
  • Position Canada to take advantage of the economic benefits that can be derived from innovations in the cyber security field 
  • Support projects that enhance stakeholders’ collaboration and coordination in increasing the body of knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues, and ensure that Canadian values and interests are strengthened, preserved and defended. 

The following subjects are being targeted for this current call for proposals: 

  1. Secure and Resilient Canadian Systems 
  • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose cyber security application solutions for emerging technologies and in the following areas of interest:  
    • Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including Industrial Control System and critical infrastructure IoT security  
    • Smart cities 
    • Artificial intelligence 
    • Quantum computing 
      • Includes solutions to ensure quantum readiness (preparedness to migrate to post-quantum cryptography) 
  • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose automated hardware and software robustness verification solutions 
  1.  An Innovative and Adaptive Cyber Ecosystem 
  • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose solutions to bolster essential learning in cyber security of teachers and/or students at the primary and secondary education levels, seniors, vulnerable groups, residents in isolated regions, etc. across Canada; 
  • Projects that support the development of post-secondary level cyber security degree programs;  
  • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose solutions to train criminal justice practitioners on cybercrime and cybercrime prosecutions; 
  • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose solutions on cybercrime investigative processes, tools and techniques, and to train law enforcement and other investigative and police bodies.  
  1. Effective Leadership, Governance and Collaboration 
  • Projects and research on Data Sovereignty; 
  • Projects and/or research that explore and/or propose solutions to bolster the cyber security workforce in Canada: 
    • Support organizations to recruit, retain and train cyber security staff 
    • Support Canadians to understand the career potential in the cyber security industry. 
  • Data collection exercises to address data gaps around Canada’s cyber security workforce, workforce needs, and the cyber talent gap across industry sectors. 




Up to $300K/year per contribution or grant 


All projects must be completed by March 31, 2024 


Full proposal due at ORS for full review Monday, February 8, 2021 
Final proposal and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review by 9:00 am Wednesday, February 10, 2021 
Full proposal due at agency by 11:59 Pacific Time (PDT) on Friday, February 12, 2021. 

Please contact your Faculty Research Office at the earliest for information on our internal deadlines.