Targeted Engagement Grants and Young MINDS Initiative

Targeted Engagement Grants

The Targeted Engagement Grant program aims to drive innovation in defence policy thinking and to foster the next generation of defence and security experts. 

This program provides non-recurring financial support, up to a maximum of $50,000 to fund projects such as conferences, roundtables, workshops, research, and publications. There are two competitions every year, generally in the Spring and Fall.

Requests for funding are assessed primarily on relevance to DND/CAF defence policy challenges, the use of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+), as well as innovation and the creative use technology. 

Young MINDS Initiative

As part of its efforts to foster the next generation of defence and security scholars, MINDS will be launching a new grant category – the Young MINDS Initiative – to support undergraduate students interested in defence and security.

These grants are valued at $10,000 and must be linked to the MINDS policy challenges.

Interested candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited university, and  pursuing a degree in political science, history, international relations, public policy, economics, or be able to demonstrate that their field of study is relevant to defence and security studies. Applicants should be sponsored by a professional academic or recognized expert in the field.

For details on application process and how to submit one, please click on the following opportunity website link below: 


Funding: $50,000 maximum for the Targeted Engagement Grant and $10,000 for MINDS Initiative 

Deadline: February 8, 2021 at 11:59 PST

Upcoming Deadlines

February 08, 2021February 08, 2021 Verified Date
February 03, 2021 Feb. 03, 2021 February 03, 2021 16:00:00 February 03, 2021 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Targeted Engagement Grants and Young MINDS Initiative Department of National Defense has announced the second round of Targeted Engagement Grants and Young MINDS Initiative for 2020-2021 fiscal year. Applications are due both grants by October 13, 2020. More information can be found in the link above to the Funding and Awards Opportunities Database. .