Alliance International Collaboration Quantum grants

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) supports the implementation of the NQS through funding opportunities that build on NSERC ’s sustained investments in quantum research. The NQS and the results of the associated consultations held by the Government of Canada informed these funding opportunities.

Alliance International Quantum grants provide support for researchers in Canada to establish and grow international research collaborations that will strengthen research excellence in Canada and abroad, and further develop Canadian research strengths and leadership in quantum science and technology.

NSERC is now launching a call for Alliance International Collaboration Quantum grants proposals. Collaboration Quantum grants support Canadian academic researchers collaborating on research projects with international researchers from the academic sector and can range from $30,000 to $300,000 per year for up to three years.

Alliance International Collaboration Quantum grants are intended to fund joint international projects that have been peer-reviewed and awarded by the national funding agency of the international academic collaborator(s). If the international project has been awarded a four- or five-year grant, it must be made clear in the international proposal, that the Canadian team will only be involved for up to the first three years. Upon receiving an Alliance International Collaboration Quantum grants application, NSERC will undertake an administrative assessment to ensure the application is complete and that it complies with all requirements. Once the administrative assessment is satisfactorily completed, NSERC proceeds with the merit assessment of the application. For this international collaborative call, collaborators and organizations from outside academia are not permitted. For collaborative research projects involving organizations in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, please refer to the Alliance Quantum grantsor the Alliance Consortia Quantum grants.

Proposals may address any challenges in quantum science, but their thrust must aim to advance one or more of the  NQS missions  by advancing research in any of the following areas of quantum technologies, or a combination thereof:

  • quantum algorithms/encryption, including post-quantum cryptography
  • quantum communications
  • quantum computing
  • quantum materials
  • quantum sensing

Proposals may also synergistically couple any of these quantum technology thrusts to other research topics in the natural sciences and engineering. Proposals that do not address one or more of the NQS missions  may be removed from consideration; see the Important note below for additional information on what to include in your proposal.


How to apply

Submit your application via NSERC’s online system to the regular Alliance International program but, in the Type of call field, select International - Collaboration - Quantum from the drop-down menu. The complete program information and guidelines governing Alliance International Collaboration grants are provided on the Alliance International grants web pages. Potential Alliance International Collaboration Quantum grants applicants should review this material for details pertaining to the eligibility criteria for applicants, the review process and   merit indicators,   award conditions, and instructions for preparing your application.

You can apply at any time up until January 31, 2024. As this is a continuous intake process, applications will be assessed upon receipt and funding decisions will be communicated within 5 to 9 weeks from the date NSERC receives the complete application. You and any Canadian co-applicants must hold, as a primary applicant, an active NSERC peer-reviewed grant at the time of application. For this call, you are limited to one application as either applicant or co-applicant. This limit applies to Alliance International Collaboration Quantum grants and does not count against application limits for other Alliance International grants or calls.

Contact Name: 
Brandi Lea
Grant Amount: 
30,000 to 300,000 per year for 1 to 3 years
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: