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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: Germinator Projects Round 1

Innovate UK has launched the “Germinator Projects Round 1” funding competition through the Commercialising Quantum Technologies programme as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). This funding competition forms part of the National Quantum Technologies Programme and aims to stimulate the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK by investing up to £1 million in innovative projects. Applicants can apply for up to £50,000 of their eligible project costs to develop early-stage quantum technology opportunities that demonstrate real potential and a route to market.

Competition closes: Wednesday 31 March, so applications for support must be submitted by 10 March.

Please submit your application for support below.

Commercialising Quantum Technologies ISCF Competition Applicant Briefing: Large collaborative projects round 2

Briefing Event

Innovate UK has announced the launch of the next Quantum Technology commercialisation funding call: Commercialising Quantum Technologies ISCF Competition Applicant Briefing: Large collaborative projects round 2, and will be holding an online briefing event at 10am on Wednesday the 10th of March.

The competition is open to industry-led consortia addressing either of the following:

  • Collaborative R&D projects aiming to deliver quantum technology products or services addressing user-defined industrial challenges
  • Technology projects to remove shared technical barriers for the benefit of the UK’s growing quantum industry

The event will be hosted by Innovate UK in collaboration with the KTN. It is designed to advise potential applicants about the scope of the competition in more detail and gives the opportunity for them to ask the representatives from the ISCF Quantum team and Innovate UK questions about the call.

Register for the event

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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