National Quantum Strategy missions Flash Call for letters of intent (LOIs)

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Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: Monday 11th, September 2023

External Deadline: Thursday 14th, September 2023


RIS will be offering support with application development for this opportunity. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jennifer Stevens ( or Dr. Amanda Crompton ( early during the development process to discuss the services available to them.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) are pleased to announce a Flash Call for letters of intent (LOIs) with an expedited evaluation and decision process for LOIs. Under this Flash Call, LOIs directed to research projects in quantum technologies that aim to advance one or more of the National Quantum Strategy missions will be reviewed by NSERC, and a decision will be provided within approximately 2 weeks of receiving the complete LOI.

Please refer to the Questions and answers page for more information. LOIs in response to this Flash Call must be submitted to NSERC by 8:00 p.m. (ET) on September 14, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact

NSERC and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on research cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between Canadian and US research communities and sets out the principles for developing jointly supported activities. This new NSERC-NSF collaborative research opportunity focuses specifically on discoveries and innovations in the areas of artificial intelligence and quantum science.

Through a lead agency model, US and Canadian research teams will submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process at the NSF, which will be the lead agency. Canadian academic researchers may receive funding from NSERC, and US researchers may receive funding from the NSF. NSERC funding will be provided as an Alliance grant. For this collaborative call there is no requirement for partner organizations or contributions in the Canadian component, and they should not be included in the proposal.

The collaborative opportunity is fully described in the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) available on the NSF website. The DCL provides the complete guidelines for the preparation, submission, review and award of NSERC-NSF collaborative research proposals.

For more information:

No changes in the Canadian research team composition are permitted after a Letter of Intent is reviewed and approved by NSERC.

Funding Sources

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: July 20, 2023