Cyber Security Cooperation Program - Funding Application Guide

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Call for Applications

August 7, 2019 – August 28, 2019.


This document is your step-by-step guide for information and guidance in completing an application for funding under the Cyber Security Cooperation Program (CSCP). It is meant to be used in tandem with the online application form.

Before applying

Review the information in this Funding Application Guide carefully, noting all of the required information and supporting documentation. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact the CSCP mailbox at and a Program Officer will provide you with assistance.


This Funding Application Guide consists of five main sections:

Section 1: Program Overview

Public Safety Canada (the Department) is working to build a safe and resilient Canada through the CSCP, which provides time-limited funding in the form of grants and contributions. Funding under the CSCP supports projects that contribute to security and prosperity in the digital age while positioning Canada as a global leader in cyber security.

CSCP Objectives

The National Cyber Security Strategy, which articulates the Government of Canada’s vision for cyber security, has identified three key goals in consultation with stakeholders, the public and industry experts. These goals provide a focus for the activities and investments funded by the Government of Canada, in support of the Strategy’s vision.

CSCP Objectives



Goal 1:
Secure and Resilient Canadian Systems

  • Maintain and improve cyber security across all federal departments and agencies to protect the privacy of Canadians’ information held by the federal government, and the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical services for Canadians.
  • Enhance law enforcement capacity to respond to cybercrime.
  • Help support small and medium organizations in implementing cyber security regimes.
  • Consider how Canada’s advanced cyber capabilities could be applied to defend critical domestic networks and deter foreign cyber threat actors.
  • Work with provinces, territories, and the private sector to help define requirements to protect critical digital infrastructure.

Goal 2:
An Innovative and Adaptive Cyber Ecosystem

  • Work with partners to drive investment and foster cyber research and development. The Government will focus on emerging areas of Canadian expertise, such as quantum computing and blockchain technologies.
  • Explore initiatives to drive domestic demand for cyber security technologies and services.
  • Explore innovative and new ideas for making businesses and Canadians of all ages and backgrounds more cyber secure.
  • Work together across governments, academia, and the private sector to promote cyber workforce development and address the cyber skills gap.
  • Support Canadian research and statistics efforts to improve our collective understanding of cyber threats and opportunities.

Goal 3:
Effective Leadership, Governance and Collaboration

  • Streamline the way the Government of Canada works and collaborates with external partners and stakeholders by establishing a clear focal point for authoritative advice, guidance, and cyber incident response.
  • Reinvigorate public awareness and engagement efforts and establish new forums for collaboration.
  • Lead, in partnership with provinces, territories, and the private sector, the development of a national plan to prevent, mitigate and respond to cyber incidents.
  • Work with international partners to advance Canadian interests. This includes advocating for an open, free, and secure internet and enhancing our international cooperation to combat cybercrime.

Eligible Recipients

Financial assistance may be provided to the following classes of recipients:

For full information on recipient eligibility, please refer to the CSCP Terms and Conditions (Annex A).

Eligible Expenditures

Funds may only be used for eligible expenditures that have been identified in a budget approved by the Department. Eligible expenditures will be those that are incurred by the Recipient, are reasonable, incremental, directly related to, and required to carry out the project activities.

Eligible expenses include:

Other eligible expenses:

Administrative & overhead costs which may not be explicitly incurred for the purpose of the delivery of the project, but enable its achievement, could be considered as other eligible expenses. These costs may not be effectively tracked to the project. Therefore, they will be apportioned to the project based on a reasonable methodology predefined in writing by the Recipient, in the budget request. Combined, these expenses should not exceed 15% of the total eligible project costs funded by the Department.

The nature of these costs should not be covered under any of the other above categories. They may include:

For more detailed information about eligible expenses, please refer to the Budget template, or CSCP Terms and Conditions (Annex A).

Section 2: Application Requirements and Deadline

The current call for applications is open from August 7, 2019 to August 28, 2019. Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 Pacific Time (PDT) on August 28, 2019.

All applicants will receive a confirmation email that their submission was received. If a confirmation email is not received after submission please contact the CSCP mailbox at for assistance.

To be considered for funding, an application must include a completed:

Applicants must use the official templates provided on the CSCP webpage to be considered eligible.

Incomplete applications and applications received after 11:59pm Pacific Time (PDT) ‐ August 28, 2019 will not be considered for funding.

Section 3: Call For Applications Information

CSCP Open Call Funding Streams

Projects must fall under one of the following funding streams to be eligible for this call for applications:

  1. Security and Resilience
    • Research and development of new technologies and tools for increasing the security and resilience of Canadian cyber systems, including for the prevention, mitigation and/or response to cyber-attacks;
    • Development and dissemination of knowledge products, training or best practices aimed at increasing stakeholders’ understanding of technological advancements, cyber threats and vulnerabilities; and,
    • Support for non-federal partners’ implementing actions to better protect their systems and information.

  2. Cyber Innovation
    • Research and development of innovative cyber security tools, products and solutions, including for addressing threats posed by disruptive and emerging technologies (e.g., Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Fintech, quantum computing, etc.);
    • Academic research to expand the cyber knowledge base, with a view to help identify and anticipate upcoming trends, domestic and/or international;
    • Support for training and other educational programs to advance cyber security skills and knowledge, and increase the number of cyber security professionals in the Canadian workforce. The projects could include:
      • Workshops, colloquiums, conferences and other educational forums and programs;
      • Development and disseminations of materials to support training and education; and,
      • Other projects promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), arts, and business fields across all levels of education.
      • Increase the availability and access of cyber innovations, including through the commercialization of new technologies.

  3. 3. Effective Leadership
    • Projects and initiatives that aim to increase public awareness of cyber threats, such as public awareness campaigns or other communication activities;
    • Projects and initiatives to generate/gather metrics and data to support decision-making, such as the production and analysis of data; and,
    • Projects and initiatives that promote collaboration and the exchange of information and knowledge among multiple stakeholders and critical infrastructure sectors.

Maximum Funding per Project

Stacking Requirement

Section 4: Introduction to Building a Strong Application

To build a strong application, the applicant needs to make sure the following key elements are addressed in the application:

There are a number of resources available that provide guidance on developing applications for a project for advancing cyber security in Canada that are valuable to consider. Applicants are encouraged to explore the following resources:

Section 5: Application Assessment Process

Assessment Criteria

Eligible applications will undergo a criteria-based assessment process to ensure that all project applications are assessed objectively against the same criteria, the CSCP Terms and Conditions, and the availability of funding.

Assessment Process

The project assessment process will consist of:

Communication of Results

Results of the open call process will be communicated to applicants by no later than November 30, 2019.

Selected projects could start as early as December 2019.

Section 6: Contact Information

Please direct requests for assistance to the CSCP mailbox at Program Officers are available to provide advice on the eligibility of applicants, activities and expenses and to answer general questions. Please note that completed applications will not be reviewed prior to submission.

For additional information on the CSCP, please refer to the CSCP website.

Annex A - Terms and Conditions for Grants and Contributions under the Cyber Security Cooperation Program

Annex B - CSCP Application Form Outline

Contact Information

Organization's legal name
Organization address
Primary contact for the project
Signing authority for the project

Project Overview

Project Title
Project Location(s)
Project Duration (months)
Total Project Cost (CAD$)
Public Safety Canada Funding (CAD$)
Total Public Safety Canada Funding in First Year (CAD$)

Funding Stream (select one)

Security & Resilience (select all eligible initiatives that apply)
Cyber Innovation (select all eligible initiatives that apply)
Effective Leaderships (select all eligible initiatives that apply)

Section 1: Applicant Organization

Q1.1 Type of organization (select one)

Q1.2 Describe the expertise, resources, skills, experience and knowledge that qualify your organization to deliver this project (3000 character limit)

Q1.3 Please provide information regarding the organization's previous history of managing project       budgets (2500 character limit)

Section 2: Project Information

Q2.1 Brief description of the project (2500 character limit)
A brief description of the overall purpose, objectives, and scope of the project.

Q2.2 Describe the links between the project activities and deliverables (2500 character limit)
Referencing the Project Workplan document, as well as evidence from the demonstrated need, describe how       and why the activities listed link to the anticipated deliverables.

Q2.3 Describe how your project will support and advance the CSCP program objectives (2500   character limit)
Describe the linkages the project has to the CSCP objectives as found in the Terms and Conditions of the program.

Q2.4 Demonstrate the need for the project (2500 character limit)
Describe the nature and extent of the priority issue to be addressed by the project, including empirical evidence and sources of that evidence where possible, to establish a clear need for the project.

Q2.5 Identify and describe the projects cross-sectoral collaboration and partnerships (2500   character limit)
Identify and describe cross-sectoral collaboration and partnerships within or outside of your jurisdiction. If no partnerships exist, demonstrate how you will seek to increase collaboration through the duration of the project.

Q2.6 Describe the project risk and mitigation strategy (2000 character limit)
Identify any potential project risks. If no risks are identified, provide a rationale to demonstrate the project has no potential risks. If risks are identified, analyze their potential impact, and identify the measures that will be implemented to mitigate the risk.

Q2.7 Describe the anticipated impact of the project (2500 character limit)
Describe the anticipated and/or potential contribution to academic knowledge, and/or to the knowledge and capabilities of relevant users such as practitioners, policymakers and the general public.

Gender-Based Plus Analysis (GBA+)

Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) is an analytical process used to better understand the different types of experiences and needs of diverse individuals and groups, in order to enhance the success and reduce potential harms of policies, programs, and research projects. Diversity in this context may refer to categories such as sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, socio-economic status, and mental or physical disability, as appropriate to the project.

Does your overall project design consider a diverse range of individuals and/or groups? (Yes/No)

If yes, please explain how your overall project design considers diversity. If not, please provide a brief rationale for why it is not applicable. Indicate data sources and/or evidence that were considered to support this conclusion. (1000 character limit)

Does your project design specifically address any diversity considerations? (Yes/No)

If yes, please explain how your project design addresses any specific consideration(s). If not, please provide a brief rationale for why it is not applicable. (1000 character limit)

Will data collected through your project likely be broken down into categories to help understand its impact on diverse individuals and/or groups? (Yes/No)

If yes, please provide and explain the expected categories to be used. If not, please provide a brief rationale for why it is not applicable. (1000 character limit)

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