Mission and research fields


The mission of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) is as follows:

  • to promote and provide financial support for research in the fields of natural sciences, mathematical sciences and engineering;
  • to promote and provide financial support for the dissemination of scientific knowledge in fields of research relating to natural sciences, mathematical sciences and engineering;
  • to promote and provide financial support for the training of researchers through merit scholarships for graduate and postgraduate students and persons who engage in postdoctoral research, through professional development scholarships for persons who wish to re-enter the research community, and through grants that allow the teaching duties of college level professors engaging in research activities to be reduced;
  • to create any necessary partnerships, in particular with universities, colleges, and industry and the government departments and public and private bodies concerned.

Areas of research

Abstract structures Manufacturing and construction
Energy Materials
Environment Natural resources
Information and communications technologies Nature and interaction of matter
Living organisms Techniques, measurement and systems


Abstract structures

  • Computer theory
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics and probability
  • Mathematical and computer tools 


  • Energy production
  • Conversion and use
  • Energy transport 


  • Water
  • Air
  • Land
  • Pollutants
  • Ecology and environmental quality
  • Management and protection 

Information and communication technologies

  • Communication
  • Information
  • Artificial intelligence 

Living organisms

  • Living beings
  • Sub-cellular
  • Cellular
  • Genomics and proteomics
  • Microbiology
  • Biological organization and function
  • Psychology – biological aspects 

Manufacturing and construction

  • Manufacturing processes
  • Industrial processes
  • Design
  • Infrastructure 


  • Basic, functional and smart materials
  • Nanotechnology 

Natural resources

  • Agriculture
  • Forests and vegetation
  • Mines
  • Inland water and oceans 

Nature and interaction of matter

  • Particles and radiation
  • Atoms and moleculesS
  • tates of matter
  • Earth
  • Planets and universe

Techniques, measurement and systems

  • Characterization tools
  • Waves
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Mechanical systems
  • Transportation systems