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Funded support for companies & academics to bid for quantum R&D bids


Emerging quantum technologies have gained significant interest globally within the last seven years and the UK was early to recognise its potential for industrial applications.

The UK is a pioneer in bringing Quantum Technologies to market backed by serious investment from government and private equity to build a world-class quantum enabled industry.

The industry sectors that are likely to benefit early on are security and defence, space, aerospace, marine, mineral, gas and oil exploration, telecommunication, medical, finance and pharma.

To make this happen we need to establish industry academia consortiums to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK and overcome the technical challenges of connectivity, seeing the invisible, positioning, navigation and timing, and computing.

We therefore invite companies which are innovating with quantum technologies, researchers (from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) and consortia (comprised of companies & researchers) to apply for support to develop R&D proposals for the funding call listed below.

Our six partner universities have extensive expertise and capabilities in quantum, so there are huge opportunities to work with them. For companies which do not have an academic partner in place for a bid, we can make introductions to the appropriate academic teams.

The support that’s on offer to help you build the most compelling bid possible includes: early stage project scoping and evaluation, support from an experienced professional grant writer and critical friend review by an experienced assessor, prior to submission. Find out more about the support on offer

Current funding opportunities:

Commercialising quantum technologies: feasibility studies round 3

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £6 million in innovation projects. This funding is from the ISCF Commercialising quantum technologies challenge. The aim of this competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK and to address one or more of the technical challenges: connectivity; seeing the invisible; positioning, navigation and timing; and computing.

Proposals must identify a clear market opportunity and an innovative project which exploits it. Projects must: exploit second generation quantum techniques; demonstrate how the technology will contribute towards the commercialisation of quantum technologies in or from the UK; and outline the investment from industry that you will generate. 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.

Projects must have total eligible costs up to £500,000, start by 1 November 2022, last between 12 and 18 months, be carried out in the UK, and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

Applications for funding is now closed.

Application form

If you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above complete the form below to join the Scale Up Programme as an associate – which is free and without commitment. Read a guide on how to make a good application


Alternatively, if you are unsure which opportunity is for you still complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss your proposal and check it’s in scope for the support programme.

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