NSERC funding opportunities to support National Quantum Strategy

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, is announcing an investment of $137.9 million through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grants and Alliance grants. These grants are an important next step in advancing the National Quantum Strategy and will reinforce Canada’s research strengths in quantum science while also helping to develop a talent pipeline to support the growth of a strong quantum community. 

These new investments will build on close to $384 million in funding that NSERC has provided for quantum research at Canadian post-secondary institutions over the last 10 years.

Accepting applications as of March 15, 2022:

  • CREATE ($5.4 million) supports efforts to develop, attract and retain top quantum talent in Canada. Funding is available through the annual CREATE competition. For the current competition, NSERC will fund at least three CREATE Quantum initiatives.  

Accepting applications as of April 1, 2022:

  • Alliance International Quantum grants ($29.7 million) will provide support for researchers in Canada to work with international researchers from the academic sector to establish and grow international research collaborations and projects in quantum science and technology. 

Accepting applications in spring 2022:

  • Alliance Quantum grants ($62.4 million) will reinforce, coordinate and scale up Canada’s domestic research capabilities in quantum science and technology through partnerships with organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. 
  • Alliance Consortia Quantum grants ($40.4 million) will develop large-scale research collaborations and enable improved synergy across Canada’s regional quantum research and innovation hubs, federal laboratories and other centres and stakeholders. These grants will enable a strengthened national quantum research and innovation community that is connected to industry applications and government needs. 

NSERC will communicate again with the community once all four funding opportunities are available.

If you have any questions, please contact:

CREATE: CREATE@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Alliance: alliance_quantumquantique@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

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Brandie Lea
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up to $25,000 for one year
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External Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
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