NSERC – National Quantum Strategy: Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program


The CREATE program is designed to improve the training and mentoring environment for the Canadian researchers of tomorrow by improving training in areas such as professional skills, communication and collaboration, as well as by providing mentoring and experience relevant to both academic and non-academic research environments.
The CREATE program offers three different streams: regular, industrial and international collaboration.
The objective of the industrial stream is to place additional qualified candidates within Canadian companies. With the focus on developing skills that will be useful for the transition to the workplace, the CREATE program is a great asset to industry—which requires not only technical skills but professional skills.

Comments on Funding:

Funding of $150,000 in the first year (± $50,000) and $300,000 (± $50,000) annually for up to five subsequent years will be provided by NSERC for up to $1.65 million over six years.


The applicants must be accomplished researchers who will work collaboratively to offer a defined research training program to a group of trainees.

The industrial collaborators must:

  • a Canadian-based business that provides products or services and that derives the majority of its revenues from the sale of these products and services and not from government aid (Multinationals may be eligible if they have commercial activities that take place in Canada, such as research and development or manufacturing related to the proposed research, and if the funded activity will result in significant economic benefit to Canada);
  • be willing and able to exploit the research results for the economic benefit of Canada.

Applications Steps:

Applying to the CREATE program involves a two-phase application process

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit the following documentation for:

  1. the Letter of intent phase
    a) Form 187;
    b) Form 100 for the applicant;
    c) letter from the applicant’s university vice-president research;
    d) for the industrial stream only, one letter or email from the collaborating industry(ies) to the applicant, confirming its (their) willingness to participate in the program committee and to host internships for trainees;
  2. the Application phase:
    a) Form 102;
    b) Form 100 for the applicant;
    c) Form 100 or CCV for up to ten co-applicants;
    d) one letter of support from the lead university.

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