The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI) formally became UBC's first GREx institute in July 2016. This followed the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) award in July 2015 of $66.5m over 7 years to Blusson QMI for "Quantum Materials and Future Technologies".
Since its 2010 inception, Blusson QMI has been recognized for world-class research, reflected by eight Canada Research Chairs, exceptionally high impact publication metrics, major national and international awards, and partnerships with the world’s leading universities and research institutes.
- 2012: Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials created; only the third such centre to be established outside Germany.
- 2014: MOU signed to include the University of Tokyo in the Max Planck-UBC-U Tokyo Centre of Quantum Materials
- 2015: CFREF funds Quantum Materials and Future Technologies
- 2016: Stewart and Marilyn Blusson donate $11m to QMI
- 2016: Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute becomes UBC's first GREx Institute
Research at Blusson QMI has also been supported by programs and funding agencies including the Canada Foundation for Innovation, BC Knowledge Development Fund, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Western Economic Diversification.