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Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative: Raytheon Cyber Challenge


Our Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative (ASBIRI) program supports the commercialization of made-in-Alberta technologies by accelerating the development, demonstration, evaluation and adoption into the global market.

Raytheon Cyber Challenge

Challenge opens on November 30, 2018

The Raytheon Cyber Challenge is a competition designed to inspire and support development of new and novel cyber security technologies to help protect and defend our critical infrastructure as well as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) from cyberattacks.

Raytheon Canada Limited (RCL) is establishing an Alberta-based cyber solutions centre with state-of-the-art cyber range capabilities focused on researching, assessing and validating the security and resilience of a wide range of technologies, infrastructures and systems.

Successful Alberta Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participants in the ASBIRI challenge will leverage Raytheon’s Cyber Operations, Development and Evaluation (CODE™) solutions centres and capabilities from Raytheon Canada Limited in Calgary with a potential for further collaborations with other locations in US and UK.

Application Process

The application process for this Challenge will take place in three stages:

Stage I: Expression of Interest

This stage is open to the public and will require Applicants to submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI). The EOI will be used to assess and identify opportunities that align with the challenge, have a clear competitive advantage, have a viable path to market and will have a significant impact in Alberta within a reasonable time frame.

Application area and Challenge Stream must be identified in the EOI (Stream 1 and/or Stream 2).

Stage II: Full Project Proposal

This stage is by invitation only, with successful participants selected from Stage 1. Applicants will be required to submit their up-to-date year-end financial statements, a 5-year financial forecast and a basic business plan.

Stage III: Project Work Plan and Budget

This stage is by invitation only, with successful participants selected from Stage 2. Applicants will be required to submit a proposal outlining the development/demonstration of their technology in collaboration with the appropriate subcontractors, as well as letters of support (if applicable).

In order to be considered eligible, complete submissions for each phase must be received by the set deadline date no later than 4 p.m. MT (UTC-06:00).

Item Date Responsibility
Stage 1 Launch November 30, 2018 Alberta Innovates
Webinar (download presentation) December 11, 2018 Alberta Innovates
Stage 1 Submission Deadline January 11, 2019 Applicant
Stage 1 Results Notification March 8, 2019 Alberta Innovates
Stage 2 Launch March 11, 2019 Alberta Innovates
Stage 2 Submission Deadline June 3, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. MDT* Applicant  *Note this date change
Stage 2 Results Notification May 20, 2019 Alberta Innovates
Stage 3 Launch May 21, 2019 Alberta Innovates
Stage 3 Submission Deadline June 25, 2019 Applicant
Stage 3 Results Notification July 23, 2019 Alberta Innovates

Additional information

Applicant webinar
Application access

Access the online portal to begin your application. Be sure to select “ASBIRI” from the application type drop-down. (The portal is closed during the program hold.)

Any changes will be announced and posted. Please check back periodically.

For complete information, including evaluation criteria and much more, see the Raytheon Cyber Challenge Business Case.

For more detailed information about the procedures and policies governing this funding challenge, familiarize yourself with our ASBIRI program guide.

Program Contact Information

Name: Garth Likes
Title: Director, Alberta Small Business Innovation & Research Initiative (ASBIRI)
Phone: 780-450-5415
Email: Garth.Likes@albertainnovates.ca