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Call for joint Canada-UK projects on quantum technologies (QT)

Research Admin Offices:

  • MILO

Funding Type:



Project duration and funding

Projects funded under this call must have a duration between 1 and 3 years. For the Canadian portion of the project, proposals must incorporate training of highly qualified personnel such as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Canadian applicants are only eligible to receive funding from NSERC and other Canadian sources (government and/or industry) and UK applicants are only eligible to receive funding from Innovate UK.

Funding will be provided to each project lead/principal investigator (and eligible consortium partners in the UK) by the respective national funding body subject to national rules and budgetary availability.

The collaboration should ensure an adequate balance and significance for all project partners, with no more than 75% of the project budget contributed by any one organization or country.


  • Health Sciences
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering
  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities



Internal Deadline:

June 8, 2020

Sponsor Deadline:

June 8, 2020

Additional Dates:

  • Expression of Interest - June 8, 2020
  • Response to Expression of Interest - June 12, 2020
  • Full Proposal - July 29, 2020
  • Notice of Decision - November 1, 2020


Call for joint Canada-UK projects on Quantum Technologies (QT)

Duration 1 to 3 years
Application Deadline Expression of Interest: June 8, 2020
Response to Expression of Interest: June 12, 2020
Full proposal: June 15 to July 29, 2020
Notice of decision: November 1, 2020


MILO will advise if these dates change.

How to Apply Expression of Interest

·         4-page document (no form; see Expression of Interest (EOI) here All documents must be uploaded to the NSERC Secure Upload Site for EOIs.

Full proposal (in Canada)

  • Proposal: Complete an Application for a Grant (Form 101)
  • Applicant: Complete a Personal Data Form with CCV Attachment (Form 100A), and ask any co-applicants to complete one as well
  • Partner organizations: Ask the representative at each partner organizations to complete a Partner Organization Form (not required for other funders or postsecondary institutions)
  • Applicant: Develop a common research plan jointly between applicants in Canada and in the UK (no form; see Full proposal, below)

The full proposal, including your Common CV, and the Common CV of any co-applicants, must be uploaded through NSERC’s online system. To create or access an application, select On-line System Login.

For More Information Contact

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are partnering to launch a call for research proposals on quantum technologies. The call builds on complementary interests and research expertise in this area in the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada. This call will allow for the collaboration between leading-edge scientists and potential innovative users, from industry and/or government sectors, to accelerate the development of quantum technologies.

Eligible proposals must be prepared by a consortium including an applicant in Canada and one in the UK. Canadian applicants are principal investigators who will receive funding through NSERC Alliance grants, which require at least one partner organization, for this call in the private sector, whose cash contributions will be recognized for cost-sharing (see Alliance grants: Role of partner organizations). The NSERC Alliance program will be used to deliver research support.

Research scope

The specific areas that can be investigated under this call are:

  • quantum secure communications
  • quantum computing and simulation
  • quantum sensing and imaging

Proposals must provide evidence of how academic researchers, industry and/or government partners will be engaged and work together to develop and apply quantum technologies. For additional areas of particular interest to potential private or public sector partners, see Additional QT research areas of interest to Canadian partners.

Additional Program Information:


To be eligible for project funding, consortia must include:

In Canada

  • One Canadian university researcher, or a team of Canadian university researchers, who is eligible to receive NSERC funds
  • At least one private partner organization that is eligible for NSERC Alliance grants and whose cash contributions will be recognized for cost-sharing
  • Optional: Other partner organizations who play an important role in your research project whether or not their cash contributions are recognized for cost sharing

In the UK

  • At least one eligible industrial partner
  • One eligible UK university or research and technology organization (RTO)
  • Optional: A government department or agency as an additional partner

To lead a project, an organization must be a UK-registered business of any size and must collaborate with one or more UK businesses, research organizations, public sector organizations or charities.


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