Quantum Quest Seed Fund

Just as we could only imagine the impact of the transistor in 1947, we can only imagine the future opportunities quantum technologies will reveal. The Quantum Quest Seed Fund (QQSF) is designed to broadly encourage quantum exploration and innovation across TQT’s grand challenges and beyond.

The QQSF promotes the development of new ideas and applications for quantum devices. This fund is intended to encourage ideas and uncover opportunities from diverse fields outside the scope of researchers working day-to-day with quantum devices.

Round 3 of the Quantum Quest Seed Fund has closed as of June 26th, 2018. If you are interested in applying to a future round of QQSF funding, please look at our updated Q&A for additional information and clarification. You can find a list of projects funded in previous rounds here.


Proposals are encouraged from investigators new to the quantum community. We are particularly interested in proposals that articulate the use of quantum properties in existing systems including superposition, tunneling, entanglement in applications, and the development of new systems that display quantum properties.

The QQSF provides funding in the amount of $25,000 to $50,000 per year for a two-year period. Projects funded under QQSF are expected to lead to other sources of follow-on external funding. Proposals are encouraged that consider measures to improve equity performance. Note that QQSF supports only new activities.

Each project must have only one Lead Principal Investigator (PI). The PI shall have an existing tenure-track appointment within the Faculty of Math, Science and/or Engineering. Collaborations with other faculties and with researchers at other institutions are permitted.

To comply with Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) award administration, QQSF will only accept applications that do not replace or displace the funding that is available through Tri-Council agency’s regular programming.

The application process involves the completion of the following:

We are not currently accepting submissions.