The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's investment in quantum technologies has been established following the Government announcement of £270 million for investment in quantum technologies in the HM Government 2013 Autumn Statement (PDF 4MB).
EPSRC will support the development of Quantum Technologies in the UK through:
- Building a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs, focused on world leading technology research, with high levels of engagement from business, aimed at bringing quantum science through technology to potential application.
- Supporting the high-level skills required to help support new sectors of the economy in areas demonstrating strong promise.
- Coordinating an innovation programme, in partnership with Innovate UK, to support translation of quantum technology research towards potential application.
In addition, EPSRC and other stakeholders will seek appropriate opportunities to invest in new research, people and capital equipment that will advance the capabilities of the UK to develop and exploit emerging quantum technologies.
While the UK Quantum Technologies Programme was established in 2014, it draws upon investments, strategies and research communities that have been strongly represented in previous EPSRC Delivery Plans.
The programme focuses on supporting world-leading research into novel quantum technologies – it supports a diverse, multi-disciplinary community of engineers, applied physical scientists and mathematicians focused on the challenge of emerging technology development.
Via our standard funding mechanisms, EPSRC continues to sponsor the UK's excellent quantum science base, in addition to the technology research supported by the Quantum Technologies Programme. By closely coupling our world-leading scientific capabilities with a dedicated suite of activities focused on emerging technology concepts and applications, the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme aims to maximise the potential benefit of novel quantum technologies for the UK.