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NSERC-ANR Call for Proposals on Quantum Technologies

Opportunity NameCall for proposals on quantum technologies
AgencyThe Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and France’s Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR)
ValueUp to $300,000
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration1 to 3 years
Application due to FSc RO at for full review10 business days prior to agency submission
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review5 business days prior to agency submission
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review2 business days prior to agency submission, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency Applications will be accepted until March 28, 2024 
  • To foster scientific collaborations and knowledge exchange between leading-edge researchers in Canada and France, driving advancements in the rapidly evolving field of quantum technologies. 
  • To support collaborative research projects that address fundamental challenges and explore cutting-edge applications in the field of quantum technologies 
  • To leverage the unique expertise and resources of both Canadian and French academic research excellence 

This opportunity is open to scientific challenges in quantum science that aim to advance the National Quantum Strategy (NQS) – Mission: Make Canada a world leader in the continued development, deployment and use of quantum computing hardware and software 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 combine any of these quantum technology thrusts with other research topics in the natural sciences and engineering. Proposals that do not address the NQS Mission: Make Canada a world leader in the continued development, deployment and use of quantum computing hardware and software and that do not have a primary research focus in the above areas of quantum technologies may be removed from consideration; see the Important note for additional information on what to include in your proposal. Questions about the appropriateness of a proposal should be directed to NSERC.


If you are a Canadian university researcher eligible to receive NSERC funds, you can apply independently or as a team with co-applicants who are also eligible academic researchers. You must include at least one academic collaborator from France who meets ANR’s eligibility requirements. NSERC will internally review the eligibility of the Canadian researchers, and ANR will review the eligibility of the French collaborators. 

For this collaborative call for proposals, collaborators and partner organizations (industry, public, not-for-profit) from outside academia are not permitted. 

Important Note: You are limited to one application as either a Canadian principal applicant or co-applicant. For any application limits applying to French collaborators, please consult with ANR.

How to Apply

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