The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program has launched its first set of COVID-19 related challenges. In support of members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the public safety community, these challenges were designed to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to future pandemics, as well as other emergencies such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks.

The challenges below are focused on improving disease tracking and likely exposure to COVID-19 using data analytics as well as making sure those on the front lines have a safe operating environment through a combination of better decontamination technology and improved personal protective equipment.

The following challenges are now available:

Rapid response: Real-time insights for pandemic decision-making

Scrubbing your scrubs: Finding ways to re-use Covid-19 protective gear

Super sanitize: Cleaning sensitive equipment and workspaces

Innovators will have until June 23, 2020 to submit their proposals to the IDEaS program.