Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative


The Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) provides repayable contributions to support research and development (R&D) projects in the aerospace, space, defence and security (A&D) sectors. SADI is available to firms of all sizes to support product, service or process innovation.

The Program is managed by Industry Canada's Industrial Technologies Office. The recipient must have sufficient resources to fund the R&D, which typically covers a 5 year period, and submit claims for reimbursement.The program supports 40% of total eligible project costs.

Special Requirements

The applicant must be a for-profit corporation—small, medium or large-sized—incorporated pursuant to the laws of Canada and carrying on business in Canada. The applicant may scope the project to include any number of partners or subcontractors. At least 1% of total eligible project costs must be allocated to post secondary education institutions in Canada.

A contribution agreement will be signed between the applicant and the Crown (at which point the applicant becomes a recipient). The recipient is responsible for managing the project, submitting claims, receiving the government contribution and reporting on results.

Last updated: August 24, 2017