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Quantum Technology

Funded support for companies & academics to bid for major quantum R&D bids
Applications now open


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 build consortia that include for example the following expertise: quantum physics and engineering, micro-and nanofabrication, photonics, electronics, packaging of devices/components, system design and integration, vacuum engineering, cryogenics, magnetics and many more.

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 scale-up 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: CRD & Tech Round 2

Innovate UK are making £46.8 million available to UK businesses to fund innovative collaborative research and development projects focused on developing quantum technologies. The aim of the funding competition is to enhance the commercialisation of quantum technologies and increase private investment in the sector.

Your project’s total eligible costs can be between £2 million and £20 million and must address one of the following two options:

  • Option 1 – Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) – Innovative projects that have a clear market opportunity for quantum products or services.
  • Option 2 – Technologies – overcoming technological barriers to commercialisation or industrial exploitation in the UK.

To be in scope you must be a UK registered business of any kind and exploit a second generation quantum technology such as those involving:

  • the generation and control of quantum states resulting in superposition or entanglement,
  • single photon generation,
  • quantum computing.

For more information on the scope of the competition and how to apply, please click here

If you have already developed a consortium and are thinking of applying for this funding opportunity contact us now for support and guidance on your application from our expert SETSquared grant consultants.

Application for R&D proposal development

Applications are now open

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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