9 septembre 2021 | Local, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

Reminder: the deadlines to apply for Competitive Projects’ six newest challenges and Green Heat Test Drive//Rappel: dates limites pour postuler aux six nouveaux défis des Projets compétitifs et le Banc d’essai Énergie verte

Reminder of the deadlines to apply for Competitive Projects' six newest challenges and the Green Heat Test Drive

We wish to remind everyone of the deadline to apply to the six new challenges under Competitive Projects on Thursday, September 16, 2021:

And the deadline to apply for the Green Heat Test Drive Call for Proposals (CFP) has been extended to Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

We look forward to receiving all submissions and exploring new solutions to these important challenges.

To learn more about what our Program offers, visit the IDEaS website.

The IDEaS Team


Rappel des dates limites pour postuler aux six nouveaux défis des Projets compétitifs et le Banc d'essai Énergie verte

Nous souhaitons rappeler à tous la date limite pour postuler aux six nouveaux défis des projets compétitifs le jeudi 16 septembre 2021 :

Et la date limite pour postuler à l'appel de propositions du Banc d'essai Énergie Verte a été prolongée jusqu'au mardi 28 septembre 2021.

Nous avons bien h'te de recevoir toutes les soumissions et d'explorer de nouvelles solutions à ces défis importants.

Pour en savoir plus sur ce que propose notre programme, visitez le site Web IDEeS.

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