Language selection


Cyber Security Innovation Network

Related page

Program overview

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) seeks to fund a national cyber security network to support the growth of a comprehensive and collaborative Canadian cyber security innovation ecosystem.

The Cyber Security Innovation Network is envisioned as a pan-Canadian network to support the growth of Canada's cyber security ecosystem through industry-academia collaboration. The network will seek to enhance research and development, increase commercialization, and further support the development of skilled cyber security talent across Canada.

The Cyber Security Innovation Network will be led by Canadian centres of expertise on cyber security affiliated with post-secondary institutions, with a minimum of three participating centres of expertise, in collaboration with private sector and other partners.


Available funds

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking to enter into a four-year, non-repayable contribution agreement with a selected applicant who will form the Cyber Security Innovation Network. The value of the contribution agreement will be up to $80 million over four years (2021-22 to 2024-25).

The network will be required to provide a 1:1 cost-matching of the federal contribution, for an additional $80 million over four years, to be provided in the form of a combination of cash and/or in-kind contributions. The matching contributions will be expected to come from a combination of non-federal government partners (e.g., private sector, provincial/territorial/municipal governments, and others, such as not-for-profit organizations and Canadian post-secondary institutions).


To become eligible under the Cyber Security Innovation Network program, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria in their proposal:

How to apply

1. Read the program guide

The program guide provides details on the Cyber Security Innovation Network, including overall program objectives, eligibility and selection criteria. Applicants are encouraged to review the program guide when preparing an application package.

2. Complete the application package

Identify a lead applicant

For the purpose of submitting an application to the Cyber Security Innovation Network program, proposed network applicants must be represented by a lead applicant. The lead applicant will be responsible for submitting the application, and will be the main point of contact for ISED during the administration of the application process. The lead applicant may be the not-for-profit organization proposed to manage the federal contribution under the Cyber Security Innovation Network program, or a participant taking a leading role in the application process on behalf of its partners. Municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments are not eligible to be a lead applicant, nor are individuals.

How to request the application package

To request the Cyber Security Innovation Network application package, please send us an email at:

The application package will include the following documentation:

3. Submit the application package

Application deadline: Sunday July 25, 2021, at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Application packages must be submitted at the following email address:

Mailed or facsimile (fax) submissions will not be accepted. No extensions will be permitted to ensure fairness to all applicants.

The information provided in the application package will be used to complete the assessment and selection process.

After you apply

Communications of results

Applicants will receive acknowledgement of the submission of their application within 48 business hours.

Applications that are incomplete or considered by ISED to not meet the minimum eligibility criteria of the program will not proceed to assessment. Completed applications will not be reviewed prior to the close of the application period.

Program officials will notify applicants of the status of their application in summer 2021.

Applicants moving forward to the assessment phase may be contacted to participate in a virtual meeting to discuss their applications and/or provide additional clarifications, as needed by program officials to complete the assessment.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process and final decision in fall 2021.

Assessment and selection process

The selected applicant will be chosen through a transparent, merit-based process whereby the above set of eligibility criteria, expected benefits to Canada and due diligence criteria will be used to assess whether the applicant can meet the objectives and expected outcomes of the contribution program.

ISED will form an advisory group to support the assessment and selection process. The advisory group will consist of subject-matter experts from across the Government of Canada, who will provide relevant expertise and knowledge to assessing the merit, potential and feasibility of an application. The assessment process may involve virtual meeting(s) with ISED and the advisory group to discuss proposal(s) with applicant(s).

In addition to assessing proposal(s), the advisory group may be called upon to provide advice on potential areas of collaboration projects, over and above what is provided in an application.

Anticipated timelines

Text version

Contact us


The Cyber Security Innovation Network program team can be reached at:


ISED Citizen Services Centre
Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1-800-328-6189
Telephone (international): 613-954-5031
TTY (for hearing impaired): 1-866-694-8389
Business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Mailing address

Cyber Security Innovation Network
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street, 9th floor, East Tower
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H5

Date modified: