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Quantum sensing │ Innovative Solutions Canada


Contracts under this initiative will each have a limit of up to $8M


Quantum sensing technologies are of particular interest to the Government of Canada (GoC) in a range of theatres. There is interest in high-resolution imaging applications in a variety of theatres such as health and pharmaceutical, mining, and aviation and aerospace. The Government of Canada is interested in leveraging the recent advances in increased sensitivity and decreased costs of magnetic sensors, to enhance the magnetic sensing capabilities within the GoC. The Government of Canada are also interested in both short-range and long-range navigation tools in GPS-denied environments. While quantum radar is at this point principally a speculative technology, we are also interested in testing the components that could one day bring the technology from concept to application.

Eligible Applicants

Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:

  • for profit
  • incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
  • 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
    research and development activities that take place in Canada
  • 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada
  • 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work
  • 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence

Eligible Expenses

In Phase 1, successful Applicants can receive up to $150,000 for up to 6 months through grants and contracts to develop the proof of concept of a solution in response to a challenge. The Department of National Defence is the only department which may exceed this amount of funding to develop a proof of concept.

In Phase 2, up to $1 million for up to 2 years can be made available to the small businesses that have been assessed to have successfully passed through Phase 1. The Department of National Defence is the only department which may exceed this amount of funding to develop a prototype.

In Phase 3, a federal department may opt to procure the solution developed from Phase 2. Resources in this phase are separate than those provided in Phases 1 and 2.

Deadline Date

  July 6, 2022


Contact Name: Innovative Solutions Canada

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