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Commercialising quantum technology: technology projects round 1, expression of interest

Registration is closed
Funding details
Registration opens
28 Oct 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
27 Nov 2019, 00:00
27 Nov 2019, 00:00
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £4 million and £20 million. The total grant requested must be below £10 million. Up to 70% of project costs can be covered.
Innovate UK / Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The aim of the competition is to address technological barriers to the commercial or industrial exploitation of quantum technologies in the UK. Your project must focus on one or more of the following technical barriers:

  • connectivity
  • situational awareness
  • computing

Your project must also exploit second generation quantum techniques, and demonstrate how the technological advance will accelerate the commercialisation and industrialisation of quantum technologies in the UK.

We expect your application’s lead organisation to be a business but in exceptional circumstances research and technology organisations (RTOs) will be considered.

Projects must be collaborative, and last between 18 and 36 months. Projects must start by the end of September 2020.

If your project’s total eligible costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to at least 10 days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.

The aim is to remove technological barriers to speed up the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK and increase private sector investment in the research, development and manufacture of the resulting hardware, software and services.

You must identify a technological barrier and propose an innovative project that addresses it to the benefit of UK quantum companies.

Your project must:

  • outline the technological barrier’s implications to businesses
  • describe a credible solution and how it is innovative and competitive
  • evaluate the value it will add to the UK quantum industry
  • provide a roadmap of future exploitation

You must also exploit second generation quantum techniques. Second generation quantum technologies are defined as those involving the generation and coherent control of quantum states, resulting in phenomena such as superposition or entanglement. Technologies involving single photon generation and quantum computing are also regarded as being within scope

You must describe how you will collect project metrics, including:

  • investment in addition to the project partner matched funding
  • capital investment

We are particularly encouraging applications that:

  • focus on maximising UK return from the quantum technology research undertaken by the UK academic base
  • bring significant new investment and businesses into the UK’s growing quantum technologies sector

We are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories.

A briefing event will be held in London on 30th October, 10am-2.30pm: to attend in person, click here. You can also watch the webcast of the event, which will run from 10.30am-1.30pm: click here to register for the webcast.