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Scalable Quantum Network Technologies: Collaborative R&D

General & Misc
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Project Size:
between £1.5 million and £3m
  • Eligibility: UK registered businesses.
  • Objective: To accelerate the commercialization and adoption of quantum network technologies by addressing key technological barriers.

Key Dates:

  • Opening: Monday, 18 September 2023
  • Closing: Wednesday, 1 November 2023 at 11:00am


Innovate UK aims to invest up to £10 million in projects that focus on overcoming technological hurdles impeding the commercialization and wide-scale adoption of quantum network technologies.

Funding Type:


Project Size:

Total project costs must be between £1.5 million and £3 million.

Your Proposal:

The application should:

  • Identify and outline one or more technological barriers and how they impact businesses.
  • Describe the innovation that will overcome these barriers.
  • Show how the innovation is technically and commercially viable.
  • Provide a roadmap for future commercial exploitation.

Your project should focus on:

  • Enhancing the scalability of quantum network technologies.
  • Contributing to UK leadership in the global market.
  • Utilizing second-generation quantum technologies involving phenomena like superposition or entanglement.

We Encourage Projects That:

  • Enable large-scale operation of quantum networks.
  • Develop security frameworks for quantum-enabled solutions.
  • Advance critical technologies towards mass production.
  • Connect quantum processors into network architectures.
  • Collaborate with network architects, operators, and service providers.

Specific Themes:

The project must focus on:

  • Data security in storage and during transit.
  • Networking quantum computers for improved information processing.

Research Categories:

  • Feasibility projects and industrial research projects are eligible for funding.


Projects that will not be funded:

  • Projects not utilizing second-generation quantum technologies.
  • Projects that duplicate existing innovations.

Funding is not available for projects dependent on export performance or domestic inputs usage.

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