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Regional Quantum Initiative in British Columbia

Quantum science is the study, manipulation and control of systems at the atomic and subatomic level. It can lead to transformative technologies in fields such as computing, sensors, secure communications and advanced materials development.

Quantum technology is at the leading edge of science and innovation, with enormous potential for commercialization.
In addition to helping transform the economy, quantum technologies will have a wide range of benefits for Canadians, including:

  • the design and delivery of new medicines, vaccines and next-generation batteries
  • more efficient and secure supply chains and digital communication
  • greener products and new approaches to model, track and forecast climate change

As one of four regional hubs of Canadian expertise in quantum technologies, B.C. is well positioned to transform research into products and processes.

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How and when to apply

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Applications will be accepted on a continuous intake basis until the funding is fully allocated. Regional Quantum Initiative funding can be used for eligible initiatives until March 31, 2028. 

Eligible applicants

This is a competitive program with priority given to eligible applicants in B.C that are:

Incorporated businesses, including start-ups and early revenue firms that are commercializing or adopting quantum technologies or quantum-based solutions.  Preference may be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with less than 500 full-time employees.

Applicants must:

Not-for-profit organizations, including those that support quantum businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs for
start-up, growth, productivity, technology commercialization, technology adoption, export and investment attraction, including:

All applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

Eligible activities

Eligible activities could include:

Productivity improvement, which includes:

Business scale-up, which includes:

Technology commercialization, which includes:

Ecosystem capacity building, which includes:

Business acceleration and incubation, which includes:

Priority under the Regional Quantum Initiative may be given to projects that contribute to one or more of the following:

Eligible project costs

Incremental costs essential to the project. Costs that may be eligible for reimbursement include:

Ineligible project costs

Costs deemed unreasonable, not incremental and/or not directly related to project activities will be ineligible for reimbursement. These include, but may not be limited to:

Available funding

Application review

Applications will be evaluated on:

The evaluation considers the following areas:

Repayment terms (for repayable funding)

Not-for-profit organizations may receive non-repayable contributions for non-commercial projects.

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