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.
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 CSCP-PCCS@ps-sp.gc.ca and a Program Officer will provide you with assistance.
This Funding Application Guide consists of five main sections:
- Section 1: Program Overview
- Section 2: Application Requirements and Deadline
- Section 3: Call for Applications Information
- Section 4: Introduction to Building a Strong Application
- Section 5: Application Assessment Process
- Section 6: Contact Information
- Annex A: CSCP Terms and Conditions
- Annex B: CSCP Application Form Outline
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.
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.
Financial assistance may be provided to the following classes of recipients:
- Canadian not-for-profit organizations;
- Canadian academic and research institutions;
- Provincial, territorial and local government and authorities;
- Canadian individual researchers and professionals; and
- Canadian for-profit organizations.
For full information on recipient eligibility, please refer to the CSCP Terms and Conditions (Annex A).
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:
- salaries and wages for permanent or temporary professional, clerical, technical and administrative services, and stipends (including expenses for international staff);
- consultation fees, and audit fees;
- training or educational fees (e.g. courses, workshops, etc.);
- conference room and meeting room rentals;
- office equipment and minor capital acquisitions net of disposal (less than $5,000 per acquisition);
- reasonable travel and living expenses related to the delivery of the project, including transportation rental fees;
- honoraria, defined as time limited remuneration for a volunteer service or participation in project delivery that is consistent with, and essential to the attainment of, the project’s objectives;
- computer services, library expenses, research costs and collection and analysis of statistics;
- public awareness and educational activities consistent with the project’s objectives;
- translation and simultaneous interpretation activities;
- hospitality (meals and refreshments), only in the context of research projects where focus groups are undertaken;
- shipping charges, postage, licenses, and other fees; and,
- federal and provincial taxes (only after credits and reimbursements have been considered).
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:
- office supplies;
- distribution; and,
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 CSCP-PCCS@ps-sp.gc.ca for assistance.
To be considered for funding, an application must include a completed:
- Online Funding Application Form (mandatory);
- Project Budget Template (mandatory); and,
- Project Workplan Template (mandatory).
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:
- 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.
- 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. 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
- Maximum funding shall not exceed $300,000/year per Contribution or Grant.
- In the case of for-profit organizations, the maximum funding is set at $100,000/year per Contribution; and$150,000/year per Grant. Applications eligible for funding as a Grant will be determined by the Selection Committee and CSCP Terms and Conditions (annex A).
- Total Canadian Government funding (federal/provincial/territorial/municipal) does not exceed 75% of the total eligible expenditures.
- Funding agreement may be in the form of multi-year funding. No project will extend beyond March 31, 2024.
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:
- Use simple language. Only use jargon when necessary. Character limits in the application range from 1000 to 2500 characters;
- Identify your project objectives, ongoing actions, and deliverables, and how they each flow into each other;
- Communicate the intended results of the project clearly;
- Demonstrate how your project and initiative provides advice and/or policy recommendations to the Government of Canada;
- Consider collaborating with other individuals/groups/networks/alliances during or after the project is complete in order to enhance long-term impact of the results and deliverables; and,
- Draft a strong budget and work plan for your project.
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:
- National Cyber Security Strategy
- Cyber Security Action Plan: Budget 2018 Investments
- Gender-Based Analysis Plus – Government of Canada’s Approach
Section 5: Application Assessment Process
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.
The project assessment process will consist of:
- Initial review to verify that mandatory information has been provided, and basic eligibility criteria are met (see Annex A for basic eligibility of recipient and activities);
- Detailed review to assess the project against merit criteria; and,
- Review by a Selection Committee, made up of officials from federal departments and agencies responsible for cyber security.
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 CSCP-PCCS@ps-sp.gc.ca. 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
Organization's legal name
Primary contact for the project
Signing authority for the project
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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