We consider the funding of large groups of researchers to be a leading strategy for structuring research in the fields covered by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT). Strategic clusters have ambitious scientific objectives, bring together a critical mass of researchers and meet the highest standards of excellence in their research and research training activities.

By providing funding for strategic clusters, the FRQNT seeks to strengthen and support the emergence of centres of research excellence that are in line with international scientific networks and which contribute to the development of priority research areas with potentially significant scientific, technological, social and economic benefits for Québec.

Certain clusters may be part of a strategic alliance and share funding from more than one Fonds de recherche du Québec.

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