Canada UK Commercialising Quantum Technology Programme: CR&D

UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint research and development projects. These will advance the development of quantum technologies and enable their commercial use cases.

Funding Details
When

Registration Opens

21/11/2022

Registration Closes

19/04/2023

Award

The total grant for all UK partners can be up to £450,000 for each application (can cover up to 70% of costs depending on business size). NRC IRAP will provide a contribution of up to CA$500,000 to each eligible Canadian SME participating in the project (can cover up to 50% of costs).

Organisation

Innovate UK

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Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to invest a total of up to £6 million in innovation projects. These will enable the advancement of quantum technologies and their commercial use cases.

The aim of this competition is to strengthen collaborative research and development (CR&D) through Canadian and UK partnerships towards commercialising quantum technologies.

Your proposal must demonstrate co-development, have a high potential for commercialisation, address a technological challenge and include a plan for future exploitation.

Your project must:

  • have a grant funding request of no more than £450,000 allocated to UK organisations
  • have a grant funding request of no more than CA $500,000 allocated to each eligible Canadian small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
  • start by 1 September 2023
  • end by 31 August 2025
  • last between 12 and 24 months

Canadian funding applicants are required to register and submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). You must be successful with your EoI before being eligible to apply for this competition.

Eligibility

To lead a project your organisation must be either a UK registered business of any size, or a Canadian registered small or medium sized enterprise (SME).

Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead.

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following:

  • UK registered business of any size
  • UK registered academic institution
  • UK registered research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Canadian small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
  • Canadian research organisation

Scope

The aim of this competition is to strengthen collaborative research and development (CR&D) through Canadian and UK partnerships towards commercialising quantum technologies.

Your project must demonstrate:

  • a focus on co-development, adaptation, or validation of an innovative product, process or technology that has commercial potential and outcomes
  • quantified performance objectives
  • a plan for future exploitation

We particularly encourage projects that:

  • involve consortia which span the supply chain of service or component suppliers, integrators, and end user businesses
  • progress quantum technology from lab prototypes to industry ready systems for commercial use through integration of innovative and scalable technologies

Specific themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the following:

  • sensing and imaging
  • component and sub system technologies supporting communications, computing and networking
  • scalable solutions such as chip scale quantum photonic and optoelectronic systems
  • software hardware codesign for reproducible quantum processor enhanced applications

Support

Innovate UK and NRC IRAP will hold a briefing and information session at 4:00pm UK time on 29 November 2022 and a matchmaking event on 12 December 2022 (details to follow).

Please visit the ‘b2match’ networking platform and create an online profile. Participants’ profiles will be visible to all who are interested in this collaboration opportunity.

If you want further help to find a project partner, contact Innovate UK KTN’s Quantum team.

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