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 program will deliver quantum applications and software that will enable the efficient simulation of complex physical systems, delivering new technologies for human health, climate change, and advanced materials with far-reaching benefits to society.
- Applications and simulations
Applications of quantum computers, with focus on simulations of physical systems for drug design, advanced materials, clean fuels, carbon capture and other applications bringing societal benefits.
- 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.
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.
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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