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.
The call will provide up to C$4,000,000 in funding over three years, with a maximum of C$400,000 per project, from NSERC. It will also provide up to £2,000,000 in funding over three years, with a maximum of £300,000 per project, from Innovate UK.
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.
UK applications are led by businesses, partnering with academic researchers and research and technology organizations (RTOs), which will be eligible for a share of up to 50% of total eligible project costs.