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Quantum Decarbonisation Mission


Grants up to $10 million for projects that apply quantum technologies to decarbonisation challenges and foster collaborations between quantum scientists, decarbonisation experts, and industry partners.

What is the Quantum Decarbonisation Mission?

The Quantum Decarbonisation Mission (QDM) is a new grant initiative by the Department of Environment, Science, and Innovation in Queensland. This program is designed to support the development and application of quantum technologies to address critical decarbonisation challenges. By fostering innovation in quantum technologies, Queensland aims to enhance its capabilities in reducing carbon emissions and contribute to global efforts in combating climate change.

QDM level of support

The Quantum Decarbonisation Mission offers a total of $10 million in grant funding.

  • Minimum grant amount: $1 million
  • Maximum grant amount: $10 million

QDM important dates

  • Applications Close: 22 July 2024
  • Negotiation and Award of Contracts: September 2024
  • Projects must commence within six months of being awarded and be completed within three years of commencement
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QDM objectives

The objectives of the Quantum Decarbonisation Mission are to:

  • Accelerate the development and application of quantum technologies for decarbonisation.
  • Build coalitions between quantum scientists, decarbonisation domain specialists, and industry partners.
  • Establish Queensland as a world-leading hub for quantum technologies.

Projects eligible for QDM support

To be eligible for support under the Quantum Decarbonisation Mission, projects must:

  • Address significant decarbonisation challenges through the application of quantum technologies.
  • Seek funding between $1 million and $10 million.
  • Focus on quantum systems technologies, including quantum computing, quantum sensing, and quantum communications.

Eligible Costs: Salaries for project personnel, equipment and consumables, field research expenses, and essential travel costs.

See the guidelines for full details of projects eligible for QDM support.

Other QDM important details that you will need to know

Eligible organisations must be Queensland-based and conduct research as part of their core activities. This includes universities, government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, and companies. Applicants must also be registered for GST and have an Australian Business Number.

Applications will be assessed based on:

  • Project Focus and Scientific Merit: Demonstrating how the project will significantly contribute to decarbonisation using quantum technologies.
  • Strength of Proposed Collaboration: Showing meaningful roles and commitment from partner organisations.
  • Capability Uplift: Enhancing Queensland’s capabilities in quantum technologies.
  • Ability to Deliver the Project: Demonstrating the expertise, governance, and project management capabilities to complete the project on time and within budget.
  • Value for Money: Providing a high level of value for the funding requested.


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.


Applicants will need to provide:

  • Details of the applicant organisation and consortium participants.
  • Full project details, including activities, impacts, and budget.
  • Letters of support from partner organisations.
  • Responses to the assessment criteria.


See the guidelines for full details of information requirements.

Applications for the Quantum Decarbonisation Mission must be submitted electronically via SmartyGrants.

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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