The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) 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 SBQMI for "Quantum Materials and Future Technologies".


Since its 2010 inception, SBQMI 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 QMI becomes UBC's first GREx Institute


Research at SBQMI 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.

Quantum Materials and Future Technologies

The federal government's CFREF investment recognizes SBQMI's status as a world leader in quantum materials research.

With this investment SBQMI will continue to expand the boundaries of knowledge, and foster economic benefits for Canadians by identifying and developing promising applications for quantum materials.

SBQMI's Goals

The impact of the CFREF funding on the goals, achievements and successes of SBQMI can be found on this site. 

Read more about SBQMI on their research website

The research and activities of the GREx Secretariat and SBQMI are undertaken thanks in part to funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.