The Centre for Security Science (the Centre) funds projects in science and technology (S&T) to strengthen Canada's preparedness for, prevention of, and response to potential threats. The Centre currently solicits and assesses proposals from government, industry, and academia for new projects in one of the four mission areas. Project funding is competitive and can cover projects from early research through to the acquisition of mature technologies. Priorities for funding are established in part using the Consolidated Risk Assessment (CRA) and capability-planning processes.
Research funding is managed through three programs, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI), the Public Security Technical Program (PSTP) and the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC). Combined, the three programs focus on four mission areas:
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE);
- Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP);
- Surveillance, Intelligence, and Interdiction (SI2); and
- Emergency Management Systems Integration (EMSI).