NSERC CREATE and Specialized Graduate Programs

Quanta: Quantum Nanotechnology Training in Alberta


The Quanta CREATE program will train graduate students in emerging quantum technologies while developing innovation, management, and entrepreneurship skills. Quanta graduates will be prepared to found and advance quantum technology companies, ensuring Canada's central role in leading the Quantum Age.


In the next decade, we will see disruptive new technologies emerge, such as:

  • quantum computing,
  • quantum cryptography,
  • possibly even a quantum internet.

Though it remains to be seen which Quantum Age technologies will dominate; one thing is certain: society will need highly trained physicists and engineers capable of leading these advances, both in academic and industrial settings

Enter: Quanta.

This unique graduate program will produce highly skilled scientists who will revolutionize the information and communications sector through new quantum technologies, both by leading research and development in established industries and by starting new companies of their own. Quanta trainees will emerge with both the technical skills and the business acumen to be leaders of Canada’s innovation economy.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) administrates the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant to support the development of innovative graduate training programs with the aim to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, address scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities, and to facilitate the introduction of highly-skilled, productive employees into the Canadian workforce.