Regional Quantum Initiative (RQI) in the Prairie Provinces

As part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to develop a National Quantum Strategy (NQS), Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) is delivering the Regional Quantum Initiative (RQI) in Alberta. This fund will help companies and not-for-profit organizations advance and commercialize quantum products and solutions for domestic and global markets.

The Regional Quantum Initiative advances PrairiesCan’s strategic priorities. As one of four regional hubs of Canadian expertise in the field of quantum technologies, Alberta is well-positioned to transform research into products and processes. The Alberta region has strengths in quantum computing, materials, sensors and communications technology.

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 Canadian economy, quantum technologies have the potential to help advance a wide range of benefits for Canadians, including:

Areas of focus for RQI include:

How and when to apply

You can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by contacting PrairiesCan at one of our local offices in Alberta. EOIs will be accepted on a continuous intake basis until the funding is fully allocated.

RQI 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 Alberta’s quantum hub that are:

Incorporated businesses, including start-ups/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 (FTEs).

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

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 RQI 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.

Contact us

Contact one of our local offices in Alberta to learn if your organization could be eligible or for any other questions on this initiative.

The Regional Quantum Initiative (RQI) is part of the national Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program.

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