Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, they are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.
Their portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research they fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.
Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. They drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.
Science and Technology Facilities Council
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funds and supports research in particle and nuclear physics, astronomy, gravitational research and astrophysics, and space science and also operates a network of five national laboratories as well as supporting UK research at a number of international research facilities including CERN, FERMILAB and the ESO telescopes in Chile.
STFC is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise.
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is a founding partner of the NQTP and has been closely involved in its evolution and governance. Research and Development (R&D) is complementary to that of the NQTP and comprises a broad range of in-house and extramural projects, which span the development of quantum clocks, sensors, imaging, communication and computing.
Dstl is investigating and developing solutions for defence and security applications requiring precision navigation and timing, situational awareness, resilient communications and information processing. The projects span a range of technology and systems readiness levels; in some areas, in-service applications may be possible within 5 years.
Dstl’s focus on technology demonstrators is an important driver for the NQTP, while Dstl’s projects benefit greatly from the NQTP’s research, development and facilities, as well as from international research collaborations with allies.
The National Physical Laboratory
The wide-ranging National Physical Laboratory quantum programme supports the NQTP’s objectives to build economic growth and greater security and resilience for the UK and includes:
- Designing, building and commissioning quantum test and evaluation capabilities to accelerate the commercialisation of new products based on quantum technologies.
- Enabling industry access to these facilities at no charge to support innovation.
- Leading for the UK on developing the scientific basis for new international standards for quantum technologies.
- Delivering technology development projects in close collaboration across the Quantum Technology Hub programme.
- Delivering test and measurement expertise in a large number of quantum product development projects led by industry as part of the ISCF programme.
- Researching alongside universities in academic-led Quantum Technology for Fundamental Physics projects.
- Supporting skills and training at all levels in quantum science and engineering through studentships, secondments, placements and apprenticeships.
Please visit their website to find out more about the NPL quantum programme and how to work more closely with them.
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) vision is an economy that works for everyone – with great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow. To realise this vision, BEIS will:
- Deliver an ambitious industrial strategy.
- Maximise investment opportunities and bolster UK interests.
- Promote competitive markets and responsible business practices.
- Ensure the UK has a reliable, low cost and clean energy system.
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ works to protect the UK and its citizens from a range of threats to national security, including from terrorism, serious and organised crime and cyber-attack.
Innovate UK KTN
Innovate UK KTN make and facilitate connections across the entire supply chain from research to end users. They are always happy to apply their unique broad and deep domain knowledge to make links across many sectors.
They can help publicise opportunities and events through web site and extensive social media channels, and publish a monthly email news bulletin to their mailing list of over 2,000 members.
Their powerful and unique Quantum Landscape Map is a valuable resource to anyone with an interest in quantum activity in the UK. KTN are a delivery partner for the NQTP and are part of Innovate UK.