Training and Skills Hubs in Quantum Systems Engineering
Quantum technologies are those that enable the creation, control and manipulation of sensitive and fragile quantum effects within single systems. In recognition of the transformative potential of these new technologies, the multi-stakeholder UK National Quantum Technologies Programme was established in 2013 following a £270 million investment by government.
The Programme's investments include the establishment of a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs by EPSRC and funding for EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in quantum technologies. EPSRC intends to augment the UK's existing research, innovations and skills investments by inviting institutions, or consortia of institutions, to submit proposals for Training and Skills Hubs in Quantum Systems Engineering. Hubs will contribute to the development of quantum technologies by delivering a coherent package of skills training, co-working and mobility, and career development initiatives to develop high-level skills in quantum engineering.
Training and Skills Hubs will act as nodes within the national network of Quantum Technology Hubs, whose aim is to harness and exploit the research and training strengths that exist across the UK academic landscape, facilitate partnering with industry, and tackle the key technological challenges that need to be overcome to realise the promise of quantum technologies. Accordingly, Training and Skills Hub proposals will be required to explain their plans for working with the existing network of Quantum Technology Hubs and other large investments, to develop an integrated network of research, innovation and skills capability.
Up to £15 million in funding is available to support three to five Hubs for a five year period. Assessment will be through a two stage process involving peer review, prioritisation and interview panels.
On 29 April 2015 we held an information day to discuss both of our calls ‘Quantum Technologies Strategic Capital Investment Call’ and ‘Training and Skills Hubs in Quantum Systems Engineering’. For the benefit of those that were unable to attend, PDF versions of the presentations are available to download below.