Innovate UK will invest up to £1 million in innovation projects. This competition is funded through the Commercialising Quantum Technologies programme of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and builds on the pioneer ‘Commercialising quantum devices: innovation R&D’ competition launched in April 2018. It forms part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

The aim of the competition is to stimulate the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK through the development of early-stage quantum technology opportunities.

Your proposal must identify a promising application of quantum technologies, a project to demonstrate its potential and a route to market.

This competition is split into 3 strands. The other strands are:

  1. Feasibility studies R2 (up to £500k project costs, closes 10th March)
  2. Germinator projects (this strand)
  3. CR&D and Tech 2 (details to follow)

It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your application for the correct strand.

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs up to £50,000
  • start by 1 October 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022
  • last six months

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, an academic institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or research organisation
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

A research organisation, academic institution or research and technology organisation (RTO) cannot work alone but they can lead a project if they have a UK registered business as a partner. (Businesses may work alone.)

The aim of this competition is to stimulate the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK through the development of early stage quantum technology opportunities.

Your proposal must identify a promising application of quantum technologies, a project to demonstrate its potential and a route to market.

Your project must:

  • identify a commercial opportunity
  • quantify technological outcomes
  • provide a roadmap of future exploitation
  • exploit second generation quantum techniques

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. Technologies involving single photon generation and quantum computing are regarded as being within scope.

Proposals should identify what future work and funding would be required to bring the project to commercial maturity.

We want to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories.

An online briefing event will be held on 17 February 2021: register here.

If you want help to find a project partner, contact KTN’s quantum team.