Applied Quantum Computing Challenge program

Quantum computing represents a paradigm shift with the potential to bring transformative capabilities across a wide range of sectors and applications. Intermediate‑scale quantum computers available through cloud platforms have made great progress in recent years. This advance is accompanied by a surge in research and development towards the discovery of new algorithms and applications that harness the power of these new computing capabilities. Canada leads the world in the commercialization of quantum applications with a robust and growing community of quantum software start‑ups.

About the program

The Applied Quantum Computing Challenge program collaborates with industry and academia to support commercial innovation to build on Canada's position as a global leader in applied quantum computing. The program also supports quantum initiatives across the Government of Canada, working with federal departments, agencies and Crown corporations to explore applications of quantum computing for public service operations and program delivery.

The program was developed in alignment with the development of the Government of Canada's National Quantum Strategy. The strategy will amplify Canada's significant strength in quantum research; grow our quantum‑ready technologies, companies and talent; and solidify Canada's global leadership in this area.

Areas of focus

The Applied Quantum Computing Challenge program will deliver quantum algorithms, simulations and software that will enable scientific discovery, delivering new technologies for human health, climate change, and advanced materials with far-reaching benefits to society.

  • Algorithms and simulations 
    Algorithms and applications for quantum computers to enable scientific discovery, including quantum simulations of advanced materials, and chemical, physical and biological systems.
  • Enabling technologies 
    Algorithms and software techniques to enable the efficient use and scaling of quantum computers including error correction, quantum compiling, resource estimation and allocation and benchmarking.
  • Models and architecture 
    Foundational research including alternative paradigms and restricted models of quantum computing, problem formulation, quantum complexity, hybrid and quantum-inspired computing.

Getting involved

We will be working with researchers from the academic, public, not‑for‑profit and private sectors to collaborate with NRC researchers to advance the program.

Express your interest

Contact us

If you are interested in collaborating with us, making investments in this area, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Phil Kaye, PhD
Program Director, Applied Quantum Computing


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