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Commercialising Quantum Technologies: feasibility studies round 2

Opens:
18/1/2021
Closes:
10/3/2021
Sectors:
General & Misc
Project Size:
up to £500,000

Summary

The aim of the competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK. This funding is from ISCF.

 

This advance is achieved through the investment of up to £7 million in innovation projects which address one or more of the following technical challenges:

  • connectivity
  • situational awareness
  • computing

 

Your feasibility study project’s total eligible costs can be up to £500,000. If your project is market research, its total eligible costs can be up to £50,000.

 

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs up to £500,000 for feasibility studies
  • have total eligible costs up to £50,000 for market research projects
  • start by 1 February 2022
  • end by 31 July 2023
  • last from 12 to 18 months

 

Projects can be single or collaborative but must involve a micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME), either as the lead or a partner.

 

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition and must be selected through a participant’s normal procurement process. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK. If an overseas subcontractor is selected, a case must be made as to why no UK-based subcontractor can be used including a detailed rationale, evidence of UK companies that have been approached and reasons why they were unable to do so.

 

Any one business can lead up to 3 applications, but all applicants can partner in any number of applications.

Scope

The aim of the competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK. Your proposal must identify a clear market opportunity and an innovative project which exploits it.

 

The project must:

  • study a commercial opportunity
  • quantify performance objectives
  • provide a roadmap of future exploitation
  • 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 in scope.

 

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

  • investment in addition to the project partner matched funding
  • additional capital investment aligned to or dependent on the project outcomes

 

Your project must address at least one of the following:

  • 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.

 

Your project can focus on one or more of the following:

  • involve consortia which span the supply chain of component suppliers, system integrators, and end user businesses
  • 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
  • develop the quantum computing industry sector (hardware, components, simulators, algorithms and software) in the UK
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