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UK-Canada’s research collaboration launches new programme for quantum technologies

12:55 13 November in Canada, Digital Technology, Europe, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Markets, News, Talent and Innovation

The UK-Canada have launched the worlds first Quantum Technologies Competition. Run jointly by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), there are 8 named winning projects that will lead the collaboration between academia, industry and the UK and Canadian Government.

This competition will lead to the first industry-led partnership between two countries in quantum technologies that will expand our understanding of light and matter atomically. The winning projects share a grant of £2 million from UKRI and C$4.4 million investment from Canada.

One of the winners is a project on creating an advanced manufacturing toolkit for quantum sensing and quantum computing. The UK business lead is Oxford Instruments Nanotechnology Tools Ltd, based in the Thames Valley, who are a leading provider of high technology products and services to leading industrial companies and research communities, and the Canadian academic is the University of Sherbrooke. The project addresses the need for robust and saleable micro electric circuits, at the heart of quantum technologies to be used for large-scale, commercial deployment.

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This news follows the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) signed letter of understanding with the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), to allow the organisations to work together to improve each nations infrastructure and support innovative research. The letter allows the sharing of information via infrastructure portals and liaising for new research opportunities as shown by the first Quantum Technologies Competition launched together by both nations.

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“Quantum technologies have the potential to transform industry and society in Canada, the United Kingdom, and around the world.

“These ground-breaking collaborations between researchers in Canada and businesses in the UK will help further our knowledge of these transformative technologies. Our government remains committed to investing in science and research, including in quantum where Canada is a recognised early leader.”

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Government of Canada 


“We are only at the start of developing quantum technologies, but it is already clear that they offer us a world of opportunity across entire sectors like healthcare, communications and financial services.

The UK and Canada have a strong collaborative relationship in science and technology. By our businesses and academics working together, these incredible new projects will help us accelerate the development, scale up and commercialisation of quantum technologies, ensuring the UK remains a world-leader in this area.”

Amanda Solloway, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation