UK National Quantum Technologies Programme

Artist impression of a quantum computer chip

Transforming the world with quantum technology

The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) is a £1 billion dynamic collaboration between industry, academia and government. It represents and guides the fission of a leading-edge science into transformative new products and services.

The NQTP supports ideas, innovation and investment to secure UK advantage and opportunities in the globally competitive new quantum era. The NQTP acts as a cornerstone for the underpinning scientific research, skills training and international collaboration vital to building a resilient UK quantum-enabled economy.

Model of a quantum processor

Our vision

An evolved vision to create a “quantum enabled economy”, in which quantum technologies:

  • are an integral part of the UK’s digital backbone and advanced manufacturing base
  • unlock innovation across sectors to drive growth and help build a thriving and resilient economy and society
  • contribute significant value to the UK’s prosperity and security.

To achieve this, we aim to make the UK:

  • a global centre of excellence in quantum science and technology development
  • the ‘go-to’ place for quantum companies or for global companies to locate their quantum activities
  • a preferred location for investors and global talent.

Our achievements so far

470+
PhD candidates supported

120+
Hub industrial partners

14
Fellowships funded, with more due in 2022

49
Start-ups generated

£147m awarded to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

£93m invested in the National Quantum Computing Centre

£214m invested in Quantum Technology Hubs

£40m of Quantum Technology for Fundamental Physics projects funded

Our programme

The NQTP invests widely to turn new era quantum technologies into commercial realities for national advantage. It is also backing and building the scientific research and engineering supply chains.

Our programme will:

  • secure the UK’s leading position in quantum technologies
  • stimulate market growth, unleashing innovation and a thriving ecosystem
  • maintain and build the UK’s excellence in research and technology
  • build a resilient network of national assets and mutually beneficial international relationships
  • grow, attract and retain talent.

Read more about our programme.

Quantum researchers

News and events

News

8 June 2023

Quantum computing could break the internet. This is how (ft.com)

Timothy Spiller, director of the EPSRC Quantum Communications Hub, has contributed to an FT article about quantum computing and the future of the Internet.

News

8 June 2023

The race to protect us from a quantum computer that can break any password

The ipaper has published a Big Read piece on the threats on encryption imposed by the advance of quantum computing, with input by our Hub Director Tim Spiller.

Event

23 May 2023

Registration for the Hub’s QNetworks 2023 workshop is now open!

The Quantum Communications Hub international workshop on recent advances in quantum networking (QNetworks) will return on 28-29 September 2023.