Naval Technology
Innovation Challenges

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Thales Canada and COVE invite SMEs and Start-Ups to participate in two exciting Naval Technology Innovation Challenges.

We are seeking proposal submissions for innovative GHG capture and airborne irritants removal technologies.

Winners will be awarded $175,000 per challenge.

Applications are now closed.


Naval Technology Innovation Challenges Webinar

During the webinar, you will learn about the Naval Technology Innovation Challenges, application best practices, additional resources to help you with your application, and a Q&A session with COVE and Thales Canada representatives.

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Application Submission Period March 6 - April 14 (5:00 pm ADT)

Thank you to all who applied. Applications are now closed.

Information Session March 19 (11:00 am-12:00 pm ADT)

This webinar provides additional details about the challenges, best practices to complete your applications, and resources to assist in your submission.

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Evaluation of Submissions April 15 - April 29

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of COVE and Thales Canada appointed judges. Each Challenge will have one winner determined through a combination of scoring and deliberation.

Winners Announced June 4

Winners will be announced on June 4, 2024. COVE will work with the winning applicant prior to sharing any information publicly.

Implementation June 10 - December 10

COVE will work with the winning applicant to monitor implementation within a six month period following the winning announcement. More information will be disclosed to the winning applicant after the announcement.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Naval Technology Innovation Challenge?

The Naval Technology Innovation Challenges are an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups to find innovative solutions for the Royal Canadian Navy through funding and resources provided by COVE, Thales Canada and ACOA.

Who can participate?

All incorporated Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Indigenous organizations in Atlantic Canada may apply. Post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations may apply but must be partnered with an Atlantic SME.

What qualifies as an SME?

SMEs have up to 500 employees and less than $50 million in revenue.

What qualifies as an Atlantic company?

Any company incorporated in one of the four Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island).

Where must the work take place?

Through these challenges, the partners are working to increase capabilities in the Atlantic region. The research and development and the project must take place in one of the four Atlantic Provinces.

What if a company has locations or activities outside of the Atlantic region?

Federally incorporated companies can participate in the challenge if registered to do business in the Atlantic region. The company must have significant operations, such as facilities and/or offices in the Atlantic region. 

What if I am not comfortable submitting financial statements for this challenge?

Financial statements are required to be submitted by the winner of the challenge. If it is preferable, ACOA (Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency) can accept them on behalf of the challenge providers for review.

Who retains the IP?

The company will retain the IP, and a license will be provided to Thales Canada.

How do I submit my application?

All submissions must be entered through the ‘Submit Application’ form.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is April 14, 2024, at 5:00 pm (ADT).

Can I save my application and pick up where I left off?

Yes. If you provide an email address, your application will be saved with a unique link that will be emailed to you. You can use the link to complete your application at a different time.

For any further questions please contact us at challenges@coveocean.com

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