The National Cybersecurity Consortium Announces Recipients of its First Call for Proposals

$11.2 Million in Funding to 20 Recipients to Keep Canada’s Essential Cyber-Infrastructure Safe


TORONTO, October 31, 2023 – The National Cybersecurity Consortium (NCC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its first call for proposals under the Cyber Security Innovation Network (CSIN) program. With total project values over $39.2 million, the NCC committed $11.2 million to projects that will help foster a strong national cybersecurity ecosystem in Canada and position the country as a global leader in cybersecurity.

A full list of the 20 funded projects.

The chosen projects represent a diverse range of fields and questions, ranging from building a cyber-resilient secure 5G network using AI to offering a hybrid master’s program in cybersecurity analytics. Recipients will use NCC’s funding to encourage collaboration between Canada’s cybersecurity stakeholders with a focus on enhancing cybersecurity solutions, products, services, and expertise to keep Canadians and Canada’s essential cyber-infrastructure safe.

“The goal is to encourage economic development within Canada’s cybersecurity sector through ultimate commercialization of novel ideas. The NCC is a unique initiative to encourage public/private partnerships to the benefit of Canada and Canadians,” said Dr. Ken Barker, NCC Scientific Director.

Involving the NCC’s five areas of focus, which include critical infrastructure protection, human-centric cybersecurity, network security, privacy and privacy-enhancing technologies, and software security; the funded projects will delve into three topics: commercialization activities, research and development, training and reskilling programs.

In February 2022, the Government of Canada announced that the NCC would lead the government’s new CSIN program. The NCC will distribute up to $80 million over four years towards a potential total project value in excess of $160 million, including significant cash and in-kind contributions from supporting organizations.


“In an increasingly digital world, trust is key to Canadians achieving their full innovative and economic potential. With the investment announced today, the Cyber Security Innovation Network is strengthening our cybersecurity ecosystem by fostering partnerships to bridge sectors. Together, the National Cybersecurity Consortium and our government will continue to promote collaboration between the private sector and academia to make sure that the innovations of today can thrive in the economy of tomorrow.”

– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. 

“Today’s announcement of $11.8 million in funding by the National Cybersecurity Consortium (NCC) for the Cyber Security Innovation Network (CSIN) is a crucial investment that will help protect Canada’s cyber-infrastructure. The funding’s innovative focus on commercialization will also spark new public/private partnerships, creating further economic opportunities for the cybersecurity ecosystem in Canada.”

– Dr. Charmaine Dean, Chair, Board of Directors, National Cybersecurity Consortium.


About the National Cybersecurity Consortium  

The National Cybersecurity Consortium is a pan-Canadian network that supports the advancement of the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem through research and development, commercialization, and training by driving collaboration among universities; private industry; not-for-profit organizations; provincial, territorial, and municipal governments; and other key cybersecurity stakeholders.


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