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NSERC Alliance Quantum Grants

Opportunity NameAlliance Quantum Grants
AgencyNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Value$100,000 to $350,000/year 
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration1 – 5 years 
Application due to FSc RO at for full review10 business days prior to submission to agency
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review5 business days prior to submission to agency
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review2 business days prior to submission to agency, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until June 14, 2024 

To reinforce, coordinate and scale up Canada’s domestic research capabilities in quantum sensing science and technology through partnerships between university researchers, for-profit small-or medium-sized enterprises federally or provincially/territorially incorporated in Canada (referred to as Canadian SMEs), the NRC, and other organizations from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. 

Proposals may address any challenges in quantum science, but its thrust must aim to advance the third of the NQS missions: Enable the Government of Canada and key industries to be developers and early adopters of new quantum sensing technologies. 

  • Quantum photonics 
  • Chip-based quantum systems 
  • Quantum metrology 

Collaborations that synergistically couple any of these quantum sensing areas to other research topics in the natural sciences and engineering would be accepted.


Your project must involve at least one-small- or medium-sized enterprise that is federally or provincially/territorially incorporated in Canada, in addition to the NRC through its Internet of Things: Quantum Sensors Challenge program (QSP). If you are interested in collaborating with the NRC as part of this call for proposals, you may contact the QSP team by email at

Important Note: You are limited to one application within a 12-month period as either applicant or co-applicant. You and any Canadian co-applicants must hold, as primary applicant, an active NSERC peer-reviewed grant at the time of application. 

How to Apply

Applications requesting more than $750,000 total funding from NSERC are supported by the Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) unit. Interested applicants should contact Christina Corre, SIRI Specialist ( as soon as possible for details around the development and submission process. 

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at