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Quantum 2032 Challenge


Up to $1 million for relevant quantum technology research and development activities to leverage quantum technologies in enhancing the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

What is the Quantum 2032 Challenge?

The Quantum 2032 Challenge is a $5 million grant program initiated by the Queensland Government to leverage quantum technologies in enhancing the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This program is part of the broader Queensland Quantum and Advanced Technologies Strategy, aimed at establishing Queensland as a global leader in quantum innovation.

Quantum 2032 Challenge level of support

The program offers a total of $5 million in grant funding.

  • Grants of up to $1 million are available for eligible projects.
  • Projects requesting more than $500,000 must demonstrate significant collaboration across research and industry sectors.

Quantum 2032 Challenge important dates

  • Applications Close: 22 July 2024
  • Negotiation and Award of Contract: September 2024
  • Register your interest with GrantHelper

Quantum 2032 Challenge objectives

The primary objectives of the Quantum 2032 Challenge are:

  • To accelerate the development of quantum-based innovation in sports technology and related fields.
  • To foster collaboration between Queensland’s quantum research sector and industry.
  • To showcase Queensland’s quantum technology expertise on a global stage during the Brisbane 2032 Games.
  • To contribute to the long-term legacy of the Brisbane 2032 Games.

Projects eligible for Quantum 2032 Challenge support

To receive support under this program, the proposal must:

  • define a project in Queensland which seeks to develop quantum technologies for deployment or demonstration during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and
  • seek funding of up to $1 million.

For the purposes of the program, ‘Quantum technologies’ are defined as:

  • quantum computing, including quantum algorithms and simulations;
  • quantum sensing, including detection, imaging, metrology, positioning, navigation and timing; and
  • quantum communications, including quantum key distribution.

For example, project proposals for the Quantum 2032 Challenge may include, but are not limited to:

  • quantum sensing technologies for athlete health monitoring, injury diagnostics, anti-doping testing, and sports analysis
  • quantum computing and algorithms to tackle complex logistics and optimisation problems, such as spectator transport.
  • quantum communication systems to support the Games operations
  • quantum technologies for accurately monitoring athlete movement or projectile trajectories
  • quantum sensors and computing to detect and analyse biochemical threats and other public health threats to spectators and athletes and for quicker, more effective countermeasures
  • quantum diagnostics and monitoring systems for concussion and other sports-related injuries.
  • quantum technologies for sports analysis, refereeing and commentating
  • quantum-enabled prosthetics and assistive devices for Paralympic athletes that leverage quantum sensors for enhanced biomonitoring and precision control
  • optimising logistics and transport for Paralympic athletes and support staff
  • quantum technologies which enable earlier detection and monitoring of potential injuries or medical conditions for Paralympic athletes
  • other quantum technologies that can provide measurable benefits to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

See the guidelines for full details of projects eligible for Quantum 2032 Challenge support.

Expenditure eligible for Quantum 2032 Challenge support

Funding must be used to meet direct, project-specific costs and fall within the following eligible categories:

  • salary costs for project personnel, including post-doctoral researchers, research assistants and technical staff, including standard on-costs (leave loading, superannuation contributions, worker’s compensation contributions, and payroll tax)
  • equipment (and its maintenance) and consumables, including specialised computer equipment and software essential to the project
  • expenditure on field research essential to the project, including technical and logistical support, travel expenses (including economy-class airfares, accommodation, meals and incidental costs)
  • reasonable essential costs to allow a participant who is a carer, or who personally requires care or assistance, to undertake travel essential to the project
  • other costs that are incidental to, but necessary for, the delivery of the project, and which do not fall within an ineligible cost category.

Costs not eligible to be paid from the grant funding include:

  • administrative costs that are not directly applicable to the operation of the proposed project, such as enterprise information technology, human resources, accounting, legal overheads, depreciation or other routine expenses for universities or publicly funded research agencies. More specifically, any general ‘administrative charge’ (however calculated) not supported by evidence of services being provided, or the like is excluded
  • specific, identifiable costs already supported by the Queensland and/or Australian Governments
  • partner organisation salaries where there is no commensurate increase in staffing above business-as usual.

See the guidelines for full details of expenditure eligible for Quantum 2032 Challenge support.

Other Quantum 2032 Challenge important details that you will need to know

To be eligible to apply for this program, the applicant must, at the time of application:

  • be registered for GST and have an Australian Business Number
  • be a Queensland-based agency that conducts research as part of its core activities, including universities and research organisations, some government agencies, not-for-profit organisations and companies.


Applications will be assessed based on:

  • Project Focus and Scientific Merit: Demonstrating how the project will enhance the Brisbane 2032 Games through innovative quantum technologies.
  • Strength of Proposed Collaboration: Effective collaboration between quantum researchers, sportstech experts, and industry partners.
  • Contribution to Legacy: The broader impact of the project beyond the Games, aligning with the Elevate 2042 Strategy.
  • Delivery Capability: The applicant’s expertise and capacity to deliver the project within the designated timeframe and budget.
  • Value for Money: The expected outcomes and benefits relative to the funding amount.


See the guidelines for full details of the assessment criteria.

Applicants must:

  • Read and understand the guidelines.
  • Ensure eligibility for the funding. Applicants that do not meet all the eligibility criteria will not be considered.
  • Deliver the project as outlined in the application.
  • Provide complete information requirements.


Prepare the following information for your application:

  • Detailed description of the applicant and any consortium participants.
  • Letters of support from consortium participants.
  • Assessment of the current Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and the expected TRL by 2032.
  • Detailed project plan, including activities, anticipated impacts, and budget.
  • Analysis of project risks and mitigation strategies.
  • Details of employment impacts and full-time equivalents (FTEs) supported by the project.


See the guidelines for full details of information requirements.

Applications for the Quantum 2032 Challenge must be completed and submitted electronically via SmartyGrants portal.

Register your interest with GrantHelper to explore your alignment with this grant and how we can assist you to increase your chances of success.

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