Funding mechanisms

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) typically uses three mechanisms to identify and invest in the best science and technology solutions to address pressing public safety and security challenges:

Call for proposals

Call for proposal projects are selected through an open invitation to government, industry, and academia to submit project proposals for innovative science and technology solutions to address identified risks, vulnerabilities and gaps in public safety and security capabilities. The CSSP call for proposals process is managed through Public Services and Procurement Canada’s tender notices process.

Learn more about the annual call for proposals: Apply for funding.

Learn about ongoing CSSP funded projects.


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Targeted investments (TI)

Targeted investments is an internal investment instrument that Defence Research and Development Canada Centre for Security Science uses to directly fund projects and activities that tackle critical gaps otherwise not addressed through the CSSP call for proposals.


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Technology acquisitions (TA)

Technology acquisitions is an internal investment instrument that provides funding for the strategic acquisition of equipment and technologies that enhance the federal government’s science and technology capabilities for public safety and security.


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