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Commercialising quantum technologies (collaborative R&D)

Opens:
8/3/2021
Closes:
21/4/2021
Sectors:
General & Misc
All
Project Size:
£2 million - £20 million

Summary

The aim of this competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK and increase private sector investment.

 

Your proposal must exploit second generation quantum techniques.

 

These 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 regarded as being within scope.

 

You must address one of two options:

  • Collaborative research & development (CR&D) - Identify a clear market opportunity for a quantum product or service and an innovative project which exploits it.
  • Technologies - Describe a technological barrier to the commercial or industrial exploitation of quantum technologies in the UK and deliver a solution.

 

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £2 million and £20 million. The total grant requested must be below £10 million
  • start by 1 April 2022, end by 31 March 2025
  • have a duration of 24 to 36 months

 

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • involve an SME
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

 

A business can only lead on one application per round.  When a business leads on an application it can collaborate in a further two applications.  If a business is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to three applications.

Scope

Your proposal must address one of the following two options.

 

  1. Collaborative research & development (CR&D)

Identify a clear market opportunity for a quantum product or service and describe how your innovative project exploits it.  Your project must:

  • demonstrate a commercially viable solution
  • provide evidence of performance
  • include an end-user assessment
  • provide a roadmap of future exploitation

 

  1. Technology

Describe a technological barrier to the commercial or industrial exploitation of quantum technologies in the UK and deliver a solution. 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

 

Your project must focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • Connectivity: techniques for securing data in storage and in flight
  • Situational Awareness: autonomous systems. Sensors and detectors for the built environment, transport and infrastructure. Imaging and sensing “seeing things currently invisible”
  • Computing: Transformational computers for solving currently intractable problems

 

Innovate UK encourages 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

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