A £155m fund for a national network of quantum technology hubs has been announced by the EPSRC.
Between £10m and £20m will be available per hub to exploit the properties of quantum physics to develop quantum technologies and this will be complemented by a £75m fund for capital investment across the network.
Working with the science community the EPSRC has identified secure communications, metrology, sensors, simulators and computation as areas where the development of quantum technologies has the potential to have a major impact.
Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, said: “Quantum technologies are an exciting and emerging field that represent a major opportunity for the UK. This new investment in a national network of quantum technology hubs will transform our capacity, keeping us ahead in the global race. It builds on our strong science base and will help deliver future economic growth.”
Applicants submitting a bid for a Hub may choose to address one or more of the areas identified by the EPSRC.
Professor David Delpy, EPSRC’s chief executive, said: “I am confident that this call will be met with enthusiasm and imagination. The country now has a major opportunity to harness and exploit the research strengths that exist across the UK academic landscape.
“These hubs will work in partnership with industry to tackle the key technological challenges that need be overcome to realise the promise of quantum technologies."