Background

The UK Government has recognised that recent advances in science, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, together with a strong UK research base in Quantum Technology and the willingness of key partners to collaborate, combine to present a major national opportunity.

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Building upon two decades of investment in the academic quantum community, £270 million was in invested in 2014 to create the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. This programme aims to convert the next generation of quantum technologies from laboratory science into innovative and marketable products, rooted in the UK and able to deliver long-term societal benefits.

The programme is a coordinated effort between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The programme is further enhanced by leveraging support and contributions from other sources including UK universities and industries.

Four quantum technology hubs have been created within this National Quantum Technologies Programme, each with a particular focus.